Tag Archive: Sheila O’Mara

Short and Sweet

Will bookshelves become a thing of the past?

I love words – I am an English Major after all.  I am quickly learning though that the rest of the world may not share my love of the English Language.  It is hard for me to imagine that not everyone wants to sit all day and read and create new passages.  There are so many possibilities!

I tend to use more words than less and I have the hardest time on Facebook and especially Twitter because I am limited to so few characters.  I can barely get a complete thought out in 160 characters.  I am going to try to be more succinct though.  Most people these days only have the attention span for a few characters or are so busy they do not have time to read a long drawn out email or blog.  If I want people to read what I have to say, I am going to have to learn to shorten it or I am going to lose my audience. 

I thought that maybe reading was just going to become a hobby of the past and video would reign supreme.  Interestingly enough when I asked on Facebook if people would rather read a book or watch a video, the majority of my friends said read a book.  Maybe there is hope for me after all – as long as I keep it short and to the point!

What do you think?  I am curious to know!

Authored by Sheila O’Mara, Lead Fireball at Speakers With Spark


A New Day, A New Choice

Choices, choices, choices! There are so many options to choose from on a daily basis it could almost drive a person crazy! In this day and age it seems like there is a different option for everything and some choices seem limitless. There is still one choice you have that really doesn’t change – it is the same one everyday. That is to decide whether you will have a positive day or a negative day.

You may be scratching your head thinking that it is not entirely up to you. Circumstances in life can cause many reactions and not all of them are positive. In a perfect world we all wake up and have an ideal day – no worries, no stress, no problems – just peace, love and harmony. We don’t live in a perfect world though, so how do you keep the worries, stress, and problems from keeping you from having a negative day.

Your reaction to the circumstances in your life is the key. Adversity happens … but how you react to it dictates how peaceful and positive your day will be. If you see every problem as a problem/hardship rather than an opportunity for creativity and growth, you will be stuck in the negative. When problems become challenges to overcome or the problem becomes an opportunity for something new and better to arise, it fails to be a problem anymore. It almost becomes a gift for renewed skill and strength. When you embrace each “problem” in that way, everything is more manageable and no longer seems a hardship.

With each new situation you can react negatively or positively. You can choose to let the negative situations overcome you and beat you OR you can choose to greet each one with a smile on your face and take the new challenge head on. Each day you wake up you get to rejoice that there is another day to experience whatever life wants to throw at you. Waking up and breathing is an excellent start to the positive outlook of each day. Having a positive day really isn’t as difficult a choice as you may have first believed! 

There are situations that you may find yourself in that you did not ask for, desire or can even pretend to want to deal with. You can complain and whine and scream: “It’s not fair!”, but it doesn’t really change the situation at all. You can say: “This will not beat me. This will help me grow. This will make me stronger and wiser. This will be a learning experience that will make me better than I was before.” Suddenly when you approach with that kind of thinking, adversity becomes something to embrace because of the blessings that will abound. Making it through tough times is a cause for celebration and can boost your confidence. Even situations that seem the most dire can bring about the most amazing results with the right attitude. The good news is … the choice is yours!

There are probably a thousand clichés that could be used to demonstrate that there is a positive outlook for every negative one. Getting bogged down in negative thinking really doesn’t make any situation better. Being open to the opportunities that can spring from tough situations will facilitate growth and strength and confidence that you may have not ever realized was there. There are very few things in life that you have control over. Your attitude is one of them. The choice is yours and it is a new decision for you everyday. Here’s hoping that you have a decidedly positive day!

Authored by Sheila O’Mara and featured in the Speakers With Spark Column in The News Enterprise.