No. 985



As you read and contemplate my thoughts today, here is a quote that I would like to ask you to ponder for a few minutes, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. The day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on yesteryears.”
After you ponder these thoughts as long as you care to, answer this question: Do you know who said this? The author is Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American poet and philosopher, born in Boston in 1803 and lived until 1882.
This quote is just one of hundreds that I will be sharing with subscribers to a new service I am beginning called, “A Positive Moment with Jim.” To my way of thinking, this service has the potential to be a source of hope and encouragement for thousands of people all across our great nation. The idea came to me several months ago when I got to thinking about the vast amount of material that I had collected and researched from over four decades of making 1,700 speeches, writing four books, producing 1,400 daily radio programs and 1,000 weekly newspaper columns. Please understand, this is certainly not meant to brag; but to the Glory of God.
It has long been established that a positive attitude is one of the keys to an individual’s success in life. Since we literally become what we think about, having something positive and uplifting to begin each day could even be life-changing. This is because we live in a negative world and are bombarded each day, from all sides, with bad news from the radio, television and newspapers.
Here is the good news. About the time you think you are going down for the third time, first thing in the morning, you open your computer, click on “A Positive Moment with Jim” and read, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8.
Again, this is one of hundreds of daily positive thoughts, ideas, quotes, concepts or a favorite verse of scripture that is part of this new service. The reason thinking about positive, encouraging and uplifting thoughts on a regular basis, especially early in the morning, is so important is because we are creatures of habit. When we get in the habit of thinking and meditating on positive thoughts to begin our day, our lives will begin to change for the better. The cost: $12 a year, 365 days, or $1 per month. Could you handle that? Most people can, and apart from the profit motive, the reason for the small charge is a commitment from you. We don’t place much value, apart from things that are sentimental, on things that don’t cost us anything. A small percentage of the proceeds will be given to the Bookcase for Every Child project.
Our local daily newspaper -- the Log Cabin Democrat -- will host the service, take care of credit card payments and renewals and make sure it is always first class. They have the equipment, the resources and the staff to handle this, and as my flagship newspaper, where I started my column back in 1994, it is an honor to be able to work with them in this way. To subscribe, go to When great things happen in your life as a result of this service, I would love to hear about them.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Davidson is a public speaker and syndicated columnist. You may contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway, AR 72034. To begin a bookcase literacy project visit You won’t go wrong helping a needy child.)