Wednesday, July 14, 2010


SQUISH - (Turning negatives into positives one squish at a time)

Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go wrong? You know the type of day I’m talking about. You get up in a bad mood and don’t even know why. You’re cranky, you’re miserable, you’re talking to yourself. The dog looks at you like you’re crazy and you give him the evil eye and tell him “Don’t even think about dropping that dirty bone of yours on my lap!” He whines a little, turns around in a circle and thinks about it some more and goes and lies down in the corner with a watchful eye on you just in case you all of a sudden swallow a “happy pill!”

I’m the kind of person that everyone brings me their problems all the time. They bellyache about this or that. The kids are driving them crazy, the husband barely acknowledges them, the dog missed and didn’t have any puppies, their stud dog is sterile, this one done me wrong, that one done me wrong, blah, blah, and some more blah! I listen and shake my head up and down sympathizing with them. They forget to ask what’s going on in my life. They’re too focused on what’s going on in their lives to even think that perhaps I don’t have all the answers and my life is no bowl of cherries either. Just when you’ve about to share with them the kind of day that you’re having, they interrupt you before you get two words out and say, “Love to talk to you some more, but got to go now!”

So I admit that I am a procrastinator because my mind never lets me rest filling me up with doubts and worries sometimes preventing me from taking the necessary steps to go forward. Maybe I should do something this way. No, it’s better to do it that way. What if they don’t like it? Maybe I should just start all over again. Oh those little annoying voices in my head. SQUISH!

You know the drill. You maybe heard it all your life or maybe it’s something that comes up occasionally. Sooner or later, we all deal with it. Some of us better than others. “You’ll never amount to anything. Why can’t you be more like your brother? What does he see in her? Just look at her. Who would want her? So you want to be a singer? Who would buy your music? Who’s going to hire you? What have you ever done with your life? After all, she’s not even college educated? Son, you might as well face it. This is as far as you ‘re ever going to go.” "SQUISH!"

Who would buy a show quality puppy from your lines? What have you done in the breed? You have the nerve to show that in the ring? I wouldn’t give you two cents for that dog. The only place that your dog can win is in the All-Breed show. He’s not good enough to win at the specialties. “SQUISH!”

Maybe I shouldn’t breed my bitch to that dog because I hear too many negative rumors about him. Maybe I should breed her to so and so’s dog instead. Nope, he’s got two missing teeth. I could always breed her to that famous Select dog. Yeah but there’s enough of his bloodlines already out there. "SQUISH!"

Squish, squash, and squelch what ever name you want to give it, it all means the same thing………..the act of suppressing, stepping on or crushing something or someone. Are you allowing someone to do this to you? Is someone feeding you negative, false information and programming you for failure? Have you heard this all your life? Can you rise above it? You can and you will if YOU decide to remove “can’t” and “won’t” from your vocabulary and decide not to listen to it from anyone else.

Probably the biggest concern and worry for many people now is the economy. It forces us to look at the way we live and to make changes to our accustomed lifestyle. It doesn’t mean that we will fail. It just means that we are retraining ourselves to a different way of living. When we fill our heads with worry, and negativity it takes so much space up in our brain that there’s no room left for the positive things that we need to do to succeed. “I’m going to lose my house. How am I going to feed my family? I’ve got to get rid of some of these dogs. I just can’t cope.” "SQUISH!"

The old saying that most of the things we worry about never come true anyway, is right on. Just stop and think about all the things that you ever worried about. How many of them came true? In order to change things in our lives for the positive, we must BELIEVE that we can. Take a look at that word BELIEVE. If you divide it in two, this is what you get. BE……the change you want to make and LEAVE (lieve) the rest behind!

I’m here to tell you that you can do whatever it is you set your little “itty bitty” heart on. Think about all the things (even if it’s just small things) that you have done when others said that you couldn’t. So think about what you still want to do. Find the good in life. Embrace the positive and SQUISH the negatives. Come on pick yourself up, turn the nagging voices off. Get rid of the “don’t have your best interests at heart” type of people from your life and do it anyway! Go on. What are you waiting for? Do you have a good idea, a great invention, or a wonderful story to tell? Do you know how to save money? Do you have a superstar puppy that you’ve been waiting to bring out but afraid of what some people might say? Do you know how to make the most delicious chocolate chip cookies on the planet? Do you produce one good quality litter of puppies after another? Everything you do is uniquely you. SUCCESS is something someone else is doing while you are still wondering if the same idea will succeed. He’s not any smarter than you or I. He had the same doubts……FOR JUST A MOMENT (and that’s the key), but he did it anyway!

Must you follow the leaders in the breed to get ahead? Can you do it on your own? Will anyone take you seriously? Do you believe everything that you are told by the breeder that has done all the winning? He must be right. After all his dogs are winning and yours are loosing. Are you getting second thoughts about what you are doing in the breed? Maybe you should just start all over again. “SQUISH.”

Do what you love in this breed. Do it for no other reason but because you love the German Shepherd Dog. Don’t do something because someone tells you that in order to win, you’ve got to do it his way. “SQUISH” the negative people and those that are only interested in you if you follow them. Just think about some of the more successful people in the breed. They haven’t all ways gotten it right. For every success that they have had, there have been many more unsuccessful attempts in their breeding and showing careers. Don’t all ways look at them and say, “Why them and not me?” They have paid their dues many times over as well, only you’re not aware of them. Those are the things that people are not advertising. They’ve had their share of heartaches as well as their successes. So before you throw in the towel, realize that your success may have been your very next attempt, but you’ll never realize it because you decided to give up. “SQUISH!”

From the book: THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING: Translated into fifteen languages with more than 7 million copies sold, The Power of Positive Thinking is unparalleled in its extraordinary capacity for restoring the faltering faith of millions. In this insightful program, Dr. Peale offers the essence of his profound method for mastering the problems of everyday living. You will learn: How to eliminate that most devastating handicap---self doubt How to free yourself from worry, stress and resentment How to climb above problems to visualize solutions and then attain them Simple prayerful exercises that you can do every day, through-out the day, to reinforce your new-found habit of happiness Eliminating all the negative thoughts that prevent you from achieving happiness and success, The Power of Positive Thinking is an inspiring program that will help you create a positive change in your life.

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