Good Quote #4

It had been a really busy week for NOM. Busy and productive. He had cleaned his whole cardboard box, planted about 40 flowers in the garden, made a vegetable patch next to the cardboard box, called his old friend, wrote a new sesame seed recipe and ordered a camera on e-bay. He really needed a new one. Now all NOM had to do was to write an e-mail to the oven company to ask for a new oven because his old one didn’t heat up anymore. And of course he had to check his mails. That’s what he did first and surprise, surprise: there was an e-mail from the goodquote team!

Hello NOM!
We hope you had a great week and achieved the things you wanted to achieve. This weeek’s inspiration for you is of course another quote.

Enjoy and let yourself be inspired.

the goodquote team

NOM smiled. Funny he just ordered a new camera. The quote was so true; life was indeed like a camera and  all the people were the photographers. When he got the new camera he would do just that.

Like always NOM printed out the quote and stuck it onto his ‘quote wall’. He printed out two copies because one was going to go on the camera itself once it arrived. NOM sat back and realxed for a minute. What an awesome life he had!

Any thoughts about this week’s quote?

 

The Importance Of Smiling :)

It was a rainy day once again. NOM felt happy because of his quotes. They had kept him happy all week long when it had been pouring with rain. Especially one of them:”Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

That’s exactly what NOM had done. Literally. Everyday he had gone outside, stepped into the pouring rain, danced, laughed and felt happy. Afterwards he had taken a long hot bath in his cardbaord box and made sesame seed tea.

Because of that NOM was in high spirits. Today he decided to go to town for a change. He needed to go to the supermarket to buy some sesame seeds and other groceries. NOM got out his green shopping bag and put on a rain coat. Then he skipped off to town in the pouring rain. The colours of the clouds were a grey-ish black and the grass and leaves were dripping wet. Add the mud and a downward hill and the fun could begin (for NOM)! Because it was way to slippery to walk, NOM simply slid down the hill sitting on his rain coat. He laughed and waved at the birds that flew past him taken aback by the sudden movement.

mud!! (pic from google images)

By the time NOM arrived in town he was completely covered in mud. His yellow raincoat was no longer yellow, it looked like a big muddy leaf. NOM’s fur was all tangled and knotty and looked awfully brown. But NOM didn’t care. In fact he still laughed when he stepped into the town square. “That was fun!”, he said and walked into the supermarket his feet leaving trails of mud behind. Inside people glared at NOM. Everyone looked cranky and moody. ‘Why is everyone so grumpy?‘ NOM thought. ‘Is it just because of the weather or what?’ He wished he could help them but didn’t bother about it anymore. He had to go shopping!

NOM stood in front the sesame seed section of the supermarket and started picking out different flavours. Plain, caramel, chocolate, vegetable flavour…

“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING HERE???” a voice suddenly screamed behind NOM.

NOM flinched. He turned around slowly to find one of the shop assistants staring at him in disgust.

“YOU ARE MAKING THE BIGGEST MESS IN HERE! This mud is DISGUSTING. Who told you you could go SNEAKING around the supermarket thinking NOTHING of this MESS you made here??!!” the shop assistant yelled so loud, there was spit flying out of his mouth. ‘Jeeesh he’s in a mood!’ NOM thought. “t’s just a little bit of mud…”

“NO, it’s not just a LITTLE bit of mud!!” the man kept yelling.

‘Oops..did I just say that out loud?’ NOM thought. ‘Okaay I have to come up with a solution to calm this man down otherwise I’m not going to get my sesame seeds…’

“I’m really sorry I ma….”, NOM started.

“NO YOU ARE NOT SORRY. I KNOW IT!”

Ok, so a simple apology doesn’t work…what else could I do?’ NOM really had no idea how to get out of this.

“If you don’t leave in ten seconds I’m going to report this to my boss and there will be some SERIOUS consequences.ONE….” the shop assistant threatened.

‘Oh ok…’ NOM thought… ‘Now he’s getting seriously angry.Keep thinking, keep thinking…’

“TWO….”

What can I do? Uhm Uhm Uhm…’

“THREE…FOUR….”

‘Why is it so hard for me to think of an excuse? I need my sesame seeds…‘ NOM was desperate now.

“Uhh well I could uh clean the floor?” NOM said unsure.

“FIVE…SIX….” the assistant kept counting.

‘OK that obviously didn’t work…’ Then he remembered one of the post-it notes that were stuck to his mirror back in the cardboard box: SMILE! It always works! ‘Yes that’s it!’

NOM started smiling at the shop assistant and said: “You know I will clean the whole mess, I really don’t mind and then I can give you a hand and work in your shop for today, cheer everyone up a bit…and later I’ll invite you for a little coffee at the cafe up the road, the one with the pretty lamps. You know I really am sorry I left mud all over the floor. It’ll all be clean in less than one hour. I just want to take one thing: sesame seeds. Thank you.” Throughout the whole speech NOM smiled brightly at the assistant.

The man stared at NOM speechless. Then he managed to stutter a few words: “Uh well if you…you do that…that would…be..uh..yeah”

NOM just kept smiling. The shop assistant didn’t know what else to say so he just stuttered something and turned around to go to some sort of room that had a sign saying ‘Staff only’ on it. NOM thought he could see the trace of a smile playing over the man’s mouth as he disappeared into the staff room.

‘Did it work?’ NOM wondered. He chose all the sesame seeds he wanted and a moment later the shop assistant returned carrying two mops and a bucket full of water. He handed one to NOM and kept the other one for himself. Then he started sweeping the floor whistling.

Wow what happened to him?’ NOM couldn’t stop gaping. Just minutes before the man had yelled at NOM like he was some sort of thief…and now he was whistling and sweeping the floor.That smile trick had actually worked! NOM started sweeping the floor too and an hour later, everything was spotless. NOM found out that the man’s name was Paul and he worked here everyday except for Mondays.While they had been sweeping the floor people had passed them,  looking grumpy at first but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up and smiled too.

Two hours later NOM sat in the cafe with Paul and some of his colleagues who had been just as cranky and were now happily chatting and sipping their coffee. The afternoon had turned out to be really fun. Everyone had been in a mood, but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up. Smiling was the key to making people happy. Especially on rainy days. Then, later in the afternoon, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared on the sky.


NOM’s Vision Board

NOM sat on a bench in the middle of the square of the village and ate sesame seeds. A big bag full of groceries lay next him on the bench packed full of goodies for the week.

“Now I just need my decorations”, NOM said. Before heading off for his shopping trip NOM had noticed that the walls of his cardboard box were a bit plain so he decided to buy some. He needed something really colourful and inspirational.

NOM finished his bag of caramel-flavoured sesame seeds and started walking along the shops admiring the many clothes that were on sale. He looked through some more shop windows and saw delicious bread in one store, colourful fabrics and textiles in the other and books in another one. Then he came across a shop that looked particularly intersting. Looking through the big glass window NOM could see photographs paintings and stacks of magazines all either hanging on the walls or lying on the floor.

Then he saw a sign that was stuck to the shop’s entrance. It read: Make your own Vision Board here!!

“What’s a vision board?” NOM wondered. After some thinking he slowly opened the shop’s front door and stepped in. From the inside the shop looked even more intersting. Huge shelves with magazines and other pieces of coloured paper lined the walls. The floor was carpeted making it nice and cosy. NOM pulled out a magazine from one of the shelves. It was a travel book showing many pictures of places from around the world. Fascinated NOM started looking through the magazine and dreamed of visiting these destinations.

“Can I help you?” A friendly voice suddenly said behind him.

NOM looked up. It took him a while to register the face. It was a young woman wearing a big pair of black glasses. She also wore a black dress with a little sign pinned to it saying “I’m Shelly.” Shelly smiled at NOM.

“I think so”, NOM said. “I saw that sign on your front door and it said you can make a vision board.”

“Do you want to make one?”, Shelly asked.

“Well I was wondering what a vision board is.”

“Oh you don’t know. Well then I’ll better explain. Come with me.” Shelly headed towards a corner in the room where there where multiple big posters stuck to the walls. Above the posters was a sign saying: “VISIONBOARDS“. NOM quickly followed her and looked at the posters. They all had pictures of beautiful places, clothes, different sports, money, food and other cool things on them.

“Wow that looks NOMazing.”, NOM said.

Shelly grinned.”I know. These are vision boards. People make them for all their goals and visions for the future. Vision boards help people to concetrate on these goals and visions everyday and this will help them stay focused on them and eventually achieve them.”

NOM got excited. “That’s awesome. I could use one of these for my home. I was going to decorate the walls anyways and this is perfect! Can I make one here?”

“Of course! We have many magazines and photos you can use to make your own vision board. It’s also easy to make one yourself at home using old magazines and newspapers and anything else you might like to stick on your board.”

NOM decided to make his vision board in the shop. They had so many pretty magazines and photos he could use. He got a pair of scissors and a big piece of cardboard. Then he started looking through magazines and cut out photos of the things he loved and wanted to be or achieve in the future. (e.g places he wanted to travel to, things he wanted to buy, something he wanted to become and much more). When he was done he was very proud and looked at his finished vision board:

NOM thanked Shelly for showing him how to make a vision board and made his way home. Back in the cardboard box he put his masterpiece on the wall and looked at it proudly.

Now whenever NOM walked past he would look at his vision board. It made him feel more confident and he was always reminded of his goals. He wanted to achieve all his goals and dreams so he did something everyday to move closer to his goal (one of his goals was being able to make sesame waffles without a recipe and he achieved that goal in a day:) ).

Now it’s your turn to make a vision board! Get out some magazines and scissors and start creating your masterpiece 🙂 It’s really fun to make and will help you with all your goals and dreams. Put it somewhere you can see it everyday like above your bed. Have fun! 😀

Any thoughts about vision boards? Do you already have one or are you planning on making one? Comment below!

Never take anything personally!

A few weeks ago when my Mum came home from a walk she told me this story: She was out for her daily walk and had been walking for a while when she came past this guy who was jogging in the opposite direction. Mum always greets people when they walk past her and sometimes they don’t reply or just say ‘hi’ in a grumpy tone; but she wasn’t prepared for this: when she walked past the jogger and said ‘hi’, he said “fu*** off” (you can imagine what i’m trying to say) and kept running. Mum was so surprised, she didn’t even realise what the guy had just said until after a couple of seconds when she turned around and thought: “Wait a second what did he just say?”

The jogger wasn’t being mean because mum had done something wrong, it wasn’t her fault. The guy had probably been in a bit of a funny mood and so you shouldn’t take something like that personally. And mum didn’t. In fact when she told us this story she laughed because no matter how nice you are sometimes to people, they can still act grumpy.

So if someone ever speaks rudely to you or of you, don’t take it personal! Just think to yourself: “They are probably in a bad mood or they are just jealous that I’m happy and in a good mood.” It’s not your fault they are like that.

What you shouldn’t do in a situation like that: freak out, cry and hide in a corner and never come out.

What you should do instead: Look at the person, shrug, smile and move on. (try that the next time someone is being mean to you) Because you know you are awesome, so why should anyone tell you otherwise?

The message: Never take anything personal and you’ll be happy 🙂

Has anyone ever said something insulting to you, but you didn’t care, you knew it wasn’t true? Comment below.

How to change a bad mood into a really good mood

Have you ever been in a bad mood? You probably have because every person I know well has been in a bad mood at least once. Bad moods can be really annoying because you just don’t know what to do and everything just seems to be bad…

So I thought ‘why not create a list about all the things you should or can do when you are in a bad mood!’ Here it is:

  • Choose to be in a good mood! (yes it sounds weird, but the only person controlling your emotions is YOU! And if you decide to be in a really good mood then you will be in a good mood!!)
  • Listen to your favourite music and dance to it (this makes most people happy 😀 If you want you can leave the dancing part out, but if you dance you’ll be more happy)
  • Read (when I’m in a bad mood I like to read good books. Always makes me happy)
  • Smile! (either smile at someone you know or at no one in particular. It doesn’t matter, just as long as you smile! 🙂 Actually here’s a little task for you: Smile right now! You can smile at the computer screen or if someone’s with you, smile at them. It will make you happy)
  • Make a list of all the awesome things in life (It can be anything. Whatever you think is awesome in your life. You can also make a list of all the things you are grateful for)
  • Sing! (Sing in the shower or sing in your room; even if you are not a singer)
  • Give someone a hug (this is great because it doesn’t only make YOU happy, it makes the other person happy as well 😀 )
  • Go for a walk outside (it’s peaceful and you can think freely without anyone annoying you)
  • Exercise (always helps for me. Any kind of exercise can help)
  • Do what you love (Do you have a hobby that you love? A sport? Or do you love to go shopping? Just do what you love and your mood will change instantly 🙂 )

That’s all I’ve got for now. Of course there are so many other things you can do when you are in a bad mood, but the list would get way too long! If you have anything else to add to this list, feel free to comment 🙂

I hope this has helped you and your bad moods won’t last long in the future!