Good Vibrations

Just the other day I read a profound post on Facebook by Erin Brown. Which couldn’t have come at a better time. My older sister and I don’t always get along for I value her and I learn from her. She is my Sister Friend! Together we will change the world one happy thought at a time.

Your sisters are not your competition. They are your teachers.
Make sure you are listening to the older ones as age fine tunes 20141130_110550_1474300887594matters often missed in youth.
Make sure you listen to the younger ones as their freshness in perspective is what keeps everything moving forward.Notice when it is your turn to teach and when it is your turn to learn.It changes moment to moment. Really.
My life is full and always spiraling forward, much of which is due to the women around me. Who inspire me, teach me and learn from me.
I find pieces of myself I thought missing when the right words fall from their mouths. I find doors I didn’t know I needed to open. I find softness when I forget to give it to myself. Toughness I may need to borrow.
A beautiful back and forth all the time…
My sisters are my teachers. I couldn’t be more thankful.
Don’t miss your teachers today

~Erin Brown


Introducing a new segment to my blog with my sister. Happy Tuesday!

Dealing with people as part of your profession is probably one of the biggest tests of your patience.  Every day, the demand, the disrespect, the rudeness, the level of entitlement…what ever happened to old adage; “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar”?

Someone once greeted me with “Happy Monday!”  His voice was that of someone who belonged on PBS telling kids they can do anything they put their mind to. Very nice, genuine and caring individual.  My response was, MEH!  It was a Monday and I was at work running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  From that day forward he always greeted me with “Happy______day!”  For this gentleman the day was always a good one.  The glass was half full.  He had the ability to turn the most miserable, funky, unfortunate experience into a positive one.  Like just don’t worry, be happy.  It is what it is.  Easier said than done right?

I slowly started adapting the Happy ____day slogan.  First with my sarcastic good mornings, thealyssen in my email signatures, and now my hashtags.  This gentleman was on to something.  It costs nothing to speak pleasantries to each other.  Be kind.  Smile. Laugh. Hug. You never know what someone is going through and how a simple gesture can snap them out of the perpetual funk of adulting.

Kids do it all the time; talking to the lady behind you in line at the grocery store, waiving on your afternoon walk to anything and everyone.  Behind every talkative toddler, you’re sure to see an embarrassed parent hushing them.  But why?  When have you ever seen someone not look at toddler babbling and NOT smile?

With so much anger, hate, disrespect, and pure evil going on the world, why not be a babbling toddler.  Be happy and wave your hands obnoxiously.  Speak to strangers, smile and wave hello.  I recently started to do something on Facebook.  I was tired of seeing miserable shit about the political shit show unfolding in our country, #livesmatter, body shaming, bullying the list can go on forever.  But I made it a point for me to see more positivity on my timeline, to start sharing good intentions and good vibrations.  Every day I will reach out to one of my 603 friends on Facebook and tell them something positive.  It’s totally at random, but it seems to be having a positive effect so far.  I challenge ya’ll to start living your “Happy___day every day and sharing it with your friends.  Be the sunshine after a cloudy day.

~Alysse Reynolds


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