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Keeping a Positive Outlook For Better Living

Your life reflects your thoughts, mirroring your positive outlook or negative attitude. Of course, sometimes, challenges that are not your fault arise. However, your outlook determines how well you cope. If you think optimistically, you recognize the best in situations.

The opposite is true if you think negatively and focus on undesirable events. When you concentrate on difficult circumstances, you set your mind on a course of pessimism and find what you seek. However, negative thinking might be a habit you don’t recognize.

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How Life Reflects Your State Of Mind

To discover whether changing your thoughts can improve your life, try the following exercise. Consider a challenge that bothers you for a few moments. Now write about it, taking into account how you feel. Your description shows your current way of thinking. You will quickly notice if your attitude is negative.

Next, ponder what events can teach you. Think about what you know now that you didn’t understand before. Also, write about how circumstances have shown you what you want. Identifying your desires will help you think constructively and alter your mood.

Finally, ignore unfavorable aspects of the situation and view circumstances from a positive angle. Write about how you’ve gained insight and strengthened your self-awareness and understanding of life.

At the end of the exercise, consider your experience. Did you find it helpful? Did your feelings shift closer to optimism? Did your mood change? Perhaps you feel more confident about managing now and view matters differently? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you can improve your life by adjusting your thoughts.

Optimizing Your Thoughts

You don’t need to try to stop pessimistic thinking. You just need to be optimistic. When you set your mind to contemplate agreeable topics, unwanted deliberation disappears. Practice often, and you will soon be accustomed to thinking positively. As a result, you will anticipate the feel-good factor that goes hand-in-hand with looking on the bright side. Such anticipation will encourage your mind to follow a similar train of thought in the future.

Think constructive, upbeat thoughts and life will reflect your newfound way of viewing circumstances, even in business. You will recognize opportunities for happiness and sail through challenging events, always coping no matter what happens in your environment.

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Saving Seeds for the Future

Whether you’re a gardener, homesteader, or family historian, you should see the value of saving plant seeds for future generations. Renewing and ensuring your food supply as well as preserving family traditions are strong motives to learn how to save plant seeds. But first, we should understand even more reasons why you should be doing it.

Why It’s a Good Idea

Save Money – While it is a winter tradition for many, poring over seed catalogs can end up being a costly hobby. By saving and growing your own seeds from plants you’ve fallen in love with, you can expand your garden with little to no added expense. When you add the swapping aspect explained below, you can save even more.

Save and Preserve Heirlooms – Many heirloom plants and varieties are being lost as hybrids and modified specimens take their place. Make sure that some of these age-old plants are around for the future generations to enjoy. Your local garden clubs are often great sources of gardeners who cherish heirloom plants.

Preserve Unique Plants – No matter how much we search through seed and plant catalogs, some plants only cross our paths once. By saving seeds from your unusual specimen, you’ll be sure to enjoy it in the future without the frustration of trying to remember when, where, and how you originally obtained it.

Help the Wildlife – To collect seeds from many plants, you must let them grow after harvest in order to set seed. By allowing your plants to go to seed, you will be giving a boost to your local pollinators as well other wildlife. The longer “useful” life of the plant can help the insects and animals in your area by providing extra food and cover.

Family Connection – Saving the seeds from your garden can benefit you and your loved ones in many of the ways discussed above. But it can also give you another, more lasting reward – a lifelong connection with your family through the garden. Many gardeners enjoy growing what are commonly called “memory plants”. These plants are ones that Grandma grew or might have been in bloom during a momentous occasion such as a wedding or family vacation. It’s an even stronger connection when the new plants are grown from seeds that were actually gathered at that time.

Share and Swap – Seed swaps have become a popular way to share what you’ve collected while also expanding your own garden. Many swaps are conducted online and through the mail while others are embracing the social aspect and having actual events. These in-person seed swaps encourage new friendships to form and grow along with the plants. Many garden clubs and groups have regular seed swaps on their calendars.

Seed Libraries – Some public libraries and organizations have developed their own seed saving/swapping programs. These may as small as a box full of seed packets on a counter or as large as the underground bunker or “seed vault” in Norway. No matter the size, the goal is the same – to preserve and save seeds for the generations to come. Your local group may encourage you to both deposit and withdraw seeds from their “bank”. The larger institutions are there to ensure we don’t lose the diversity and wide genetic pool of the plants we still have in the world.

What You Can Do

Now that you have a better understanding of why saving seeds for the future is important, there is no time like the present to get started. Begin by choosing one of your favorite plants this year. Learn about its origin, its traits, and how best to save the seeds from this particular type of plant (they can differ). Pack it away and start dreaming of the plants you’ll grow again next year.

That is it! You are now among the ranks of the seed savers of the world. The future generations of plants and people who love them thank you for your effort.

By Julie Dees

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