November 23rd, 2016

I wrote this in 2011 and I believe that it is a still a great idea. Enjoy!!

I know that there are many of you in many countries all over the world who read these daily Sundrops. Tomorrow in the US is the holiday of Thanksgiving and I would like to propose a new way of celebrating it. A new way in which everyone in the world can participate. Starting tomorrow, let the day be not only a day of thanksgiving and gratitude but from now on let this day be criticism free.

No matter where we live or what beliefs we hold, every year on the fourth Thursday in November, let us all be criticism free for a day. Let us all refuse to criticize anything about this day. We will refuse to criticize how others act just for this day. We will refuse to criticize the weather, the food, the neighbors, any country, any person. We will not criticize what others believe or how they raise their children or what they do with their money or how anyone drives. We will politely listen to others criticize but not add a gram of our own.

Whatever we have will be enough for this one day. Whatever others have or how they got it will be fine for this day. Whatever criticisms we have of governments, corporations, politicians, media, medical fields or even ourselves we will postpone for one day.

Every year let the fourth Thursday of November be a great holiday for each and every one of us. Let us celebrate this holiday by being completely without criticism of any person, place or condition. Let us celebrate what is well and right in this world. We will find that when we let ourselves be entirely devoid of criticism, it will open more room for Gratitude and Thanksgiving and that is guaranteed to make us happy. I wish you a very happy day!

Sundrops on Life – Better Thoughts. Better Days.

 Patrick McBride

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It’s Today

November 21st, 2016

When you get a new driver’s license what do you do with the old one? Do you keep it in your wallet? Can you imagine never throwing away an expired license and just letting them stack up in your wallet decade after decade?

Of what use would the old ones be? You wouldn’t even resemble the picture in the old ones any more. A very ridiculous concept, don’t you agree?

If you do agree than can you explain why you keep pictures of your old identity in your thoughts. Why do you still see yourself as that kid that got picked on or was fat or was a late bloomer in one or more areas of your life? Is that your identity now or did that expire a long time ago? When you meet someone new do you pull out an old driver’s license and say that’s who you are? Of course not!

The old you is gone. It exists in a different time and vibration. Every single day you are better than you were the day before it. Each day you have twenty four hours more of experience, of thinking, of growing. Who you were is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is who you are right now! To compare yourself to who you were is a grave injustice.​​​​​​​ 

The only thing standing in your way of being who you want to be is all the expired yesterdays you keep trying to see as current. You are not in third grade anymore. You are not stumbling in your very first relationship anymore. You are not hindered by childish inexperience anymore. You are so much better than all that now.

Today waits at your bedside each morning with open arms welcoming you to unlimited possibilities. It says to you as you awaken “Leave yesterday to yesterday. I have enough for you to enjoy all day”. This day is unique, precious and priceless. Be grateful. Be open. Be amazed. Today is still wet clay, a new canvas. In the hours that are left it can still be reshaped or repainted. Make it a masterpiece. You deserve it!

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 Patrick McBride

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November 7th, 2016

Where are you going? Maybe you have a plan and that’s good but just because you have a plan doesn’t mean that life is going to follow it. Sometimes it will and you’ll be in the flow and feel the wind at your back and you will experience elation and enthusiasm. Sometimes it won’t and you’ll be down in the dumps and you will experience sadness and frustration.

Whether you are up or down or just coasting along in neutral, you are experiencing and every experience you have makes you wiser, more understanding and more able. You learn to adapt and overcome. You become a better you!

Yes, there have been many obstacles that you have faced but you have overcome every one of them without exception. Whenever life has thrown you a curve ball you have moaned and complained but you have never failed to adapt to the situation.

Your track record for overcoming obstacles and adapting to sudden changes is impeccable. Nothing has ever stopped you. Nothing ever will. You are made of hope and fortitude and power. You have experienced more than most people and you have persevered and you keep moving forward. 

Yes, there have been dark times that lacked any clarity but you held on and generated your own light to find a way out and you did. You have always triumphed. It’s who you are on the inside.

There will be more hurts and pain and darkness in your future and when they come I want you to try to remember who you really are. Remember that you are facing this new obstacle because you have overcome every other one without exception. You are facing a new challenge because you keep moving up on your levels of strength and the only way you can grow is to be challenged at a higher level.

Where are you going? You are going into the memories of everyone who knew you. You are going into the DNA of everyone you have loved. You are going to Heaven or Nirvana or Valhalla or wherever the heroes go because that’s who you are. Between now and then keep adapting. Keep showing them how it’s done and keep remembering that luck didn’t get you this far, the light and strength inside of you did and it never fails. Neither do you.

 Sundrops On Life -Better Thoughts. Better Days.

 Patrick McBride

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