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Q-Tip 5/26/20

Happy Tuesday My Friends,

Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. As this new week starts and we approach the end of May, all states are now at some level of slowly re-opening. With that brings some new anxieties, possibly fears and yet hope. Everyone of us should still practice safety measures. It is good to have a feeling of some freedom, but does not mean we ignore everything we have been going through these last few months and the toll it took on us physically and mentally. Many changes have taken place and our new norm does not have to be forever. We are resilient and will become a healthy nation again. Think about what you can do to help make changes, no matter how small, that might keep you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and even other people you come in contact with, in a healthy yet positive productive way.


“It is not by spectacular achievements that man ca be transfomed, but by will.” (Henrik Ibsen)

How do we change ourselves? How do we change the world? We hope for saviors, for magic, for something wonderful that will bring peace and understanding, that will end hunger, that will give children everywhere the chance to grow up safe. While we hope for saviors and magic, we also must set our will and do what we can on our own to make a difference.

NOTE TO SELF: I’m not sure what I can do to change the world and help make it better, but I’ll find something, If each of us does one small thing, the world will change. (Linda Picone)

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. (Woodrow Wilson)

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. (Winston Churchill)

Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities. (Robert H. Schuller)

Note: This quote I found very uplifting and hope each and everyone remembers it throughout your day, because we are all special people in our very own way.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. (Henry David Thoreau)


Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 5/18/20

Happy Monday my friends,


I want to share something that happened in Monroe last week out front of our building. I am sure you all are aware and have heard about the “Food Pantry” that many towns in various states are having or have seen the pictures on your local news.
For those that might not know this but recently a Homeless Shelter was constructed across the street from our building. They have started giving out meals to families Friday afternoon and now will be having “Food Pantry” set up on Tuesday’s. They are held at different places on different weeks at different places in the county. It was heart breaking to see last Tuesday, the line of cars from 9:00am when they started until 11:00Am when it closed. And all I kept thinking while looking out the window was just how lucky I am (all of us) to be able to work and continue to pay bills, keep a roof over my head and have food on the table.
Our letter to day is about helping others. It’s time to “pay it forward”. I don’t mean monetary support necessarily, but just to be there for one another and others , to offer a sympathetic ear, or even spread some positivity to others that just may not be feeling very hopeful or positive.
“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” (Paul Klee)
What can we do that matters in just one day? We can show kindness to someone, or we can make a stupid and mean remark that hurts someone. We can step forward when we see an injustice, big or small, or we can sit back quietly afraid to get involved. Every day we make decisions that determine what kind of people we are.
What can I do today to make a positive impact on someone or something. (Linda Picone)
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. (Anne Frank)
There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.(Ray Goforth)
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. (Mother Teresa)
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible’ and suddenly you are doing the impossible. (Francis of Assisi)
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. (John F. Kennedy)
Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC

Q-Tip 5/11/20

Happy Monday my friends,

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Today’s thoughts are random and from various people and hoping at least one will have some special meaning for you for whatever you may be feeling or going through right now and offers a little positivity this week.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything. (Albert Einstein)

Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spine of other are often stiffened. (Billy Graham)

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Alan Kay)

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. (Muhammad Ali)

The hard I work, the luckier I get.(Gary Player)

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. (Gandhi)

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. (Aristotle Onassis)

Nothing will work unless you do. (Maya Angelou)

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. (Confucius)

Wishing everyone a happy week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 5/4/20

Happy Monday and Beginning of May,


Looks like we may be headed for a slow opening in the states again. I know it is something everyone is looking forward to, but we cannot let down our guard, for that could be the start of a second wave of the virus which would put us back where we were the last couple of months. We need to get back to some semblance of normalcy and begin to heal and prosper again but carefully and not forget the measures we have taken to halt the spread of the disease. Our letter today is…
“We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.” (Harry S. Truman)
Reality is tough. The world isn’t as we would like it to be. Times are hard. And we’d really rather not have to think about things, thank you very much. To avoid facing reality, we sugarcoat the facts for ourselves and others. But reality has a way of catching up to us. Ultimately, reality is a lot easier to face when we recognize it and deal with it right away. 
NOTE TO SELF: I can deal with reality even when I don’t like it. (Linda Picone)
Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change this moment, we being to change our lives. (Trinidad Hunt)
Theres is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. (Nelson Mandela)
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. (John F. Kennedy)
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way your carry it. (Lou Holtz)
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in awhile. (Gretchen Rubnin)
Wishing everyone a healthy , safe and wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 4/27/20

Happy Monday My Friends,


Based on the current news seems we are going to be keeping the stay at home in place for awhile. It is sad because as a person we thrive on human contact.Although we are still able to come to work or go to the store we must still use safe distancing. One thing I think I miss most is being able to hug someone. There is nothing better for the soul than a great big heartfelt hug.  I am going to do my best to continue to send words of positivity on Monday’s and in these trying times we must never lose our sense of humor so will continue when I can to keep us smiling and laughing on Friday’s. Lately there is very little celebrations happening, but one thing we can do is celebrate ourselves. We are each a special individual with special characteristics so today’s positivity is about you.
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.” (Walt Whitman)
Let’s try saying something as simple and powerful as “I celebrate myself.” It’s a bit unusual, perhaps even embarassing, isn’t it? Sounds kind of egotistical. When others celebrate us, it feels pretty good, but to celebrate ourselves….? Children enjoy celebrating themselves. When a baby first finds her own toes, she is completely delighted. When a toddler realizes that he can make sounds that bring him rewards, he beams proudly. Why can’t we take a similar delight in the simple wonder of being alive? Our life is a great gift worth celebrating.
NOTE TO SELF: At least once each day, I will offer a quiet celebration of the miracle that is me.(Linda Picone)
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies, no excuses. No one to lean on, rely on or blame. This is yours – It is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day that your life really begins. (Bob Moawab)
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. (Mae West)
Believe I yourself, never give up, and go about your business with passion drive and enthusiasm. (Peter Jones)
Be weird, Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hid. (Unknown)
Sending everyone a BIG HUG!!!! Have a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 4/20/20

Happy Monday My Friends,


The new way of life lately is beyond our own control but what we do have the power over is our thoughts, actions and spirit. So I am hoping these words of encouragement will help keep your spirits, hearts and mind on a positive path.
One minute of anger weakens the immune system for 4-5 hours. One minute of laughter boosts the immune system for 24 hours. (Quote Find)
Challenge: When a negative thought enters your mind, think three positive ones. Train yourself to flip they script. (Science & Metaphysics)
Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what’s done is done. Embrace you dream, through the night, tomorrow comes with a whole new light. (Rising Back Again)
NOTE TO SELF: Keep going. You’re doing great. You might not be where you want to be yet, but that’s okay. Just take it one step at a time and keep believing in yourself. And remember no matter what happens, you can still enjoy your life and be happy. (Positive Healthy Inspiration)
LOVE is like a tree. Where you plant seeds of love, it branches out in all directions. (Positive Healthy Inspiration)
When life shows you a hundred reasons to break down and cry, show life you have a million reasons to smile and be thoughtful. (Positive Healthy Inspiration)
Create your own life and then go out and have it. (Buddhism for Meditation and Beginners)
Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 4/13/20

Happy Monday my friends,

I hope today’s quotes will inspire and encourage you through the week.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.(Friedrich Koenig)
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.(Vivian Greene)
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. (Jim Rohn)
Dont ask yourself what world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. (Harold Thurman)
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people what have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.(Dale Carnegie)
Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.(Roy T. Bennett)
You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.(Ted Turner)
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. (Robert Louis Stevenson)
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. (Gandhi)
We all are faced with fears and may have many concerns, some more serious than others but if we continue to be positive and show our strength and courage to others it will become just as infectious as this pandemic we are facing.
Stay strong, stay safe and stay well my friends,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 4/6/20

Happy Monday My Friends,


Hope everyone had a good weekend. Another week and the reports of the virus are taking up so much of the news and although we still have a ways to go, we need to try our best to stay strong and positive. Just a few quotes today to help us all feel a little encouragement until we can through this pandemic.
We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. (Dr. Henry Link)
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. (Deepak Chopra)
Tough times never last, but tough people do. (Dr. Rober Schuller)
Be good to people for no reason. (Daily Vibes)
Everyday may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. (Alice Morse Earle)
Seven things money can’t buy: A happy family, true love, passion, time, knowledge, respect, inner peace. (Steve Aitchson)
A family doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be united. (Motivational Quotes Journal)
(This can apply to us also at QSPAC and a nation. We need to stand united no matter what is happening, just as we are seeing in the world today. Its takes all of us to beat this thing and as long as everyone follows the proper procedures set up by our government we can get through these trying times.)
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter, enjoy family, stay well, stay safe,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 3/30/20

Happy Monday my friends,
During these trying times it can be difficult to keep a positive outlook, but there are so many small things we can be happy for. For instance, spring is here and it is amazing to see the flowers beginning to bloom. The leaves that once were brown are now showing green. New growth springs new hope. We need to remember HOPE will get us through this. HOPE we are closing in on our peak and the virus begins its downward spiral. HOPE that things can get back to a sense of normalcy whatever the new norm should be. Take joy in the small things as that may be the best medicine we all need right now.

“Teach us delight in simple things.” (Rudyard Kipling)
We don’t need money or fancy toys to have a good time. The world is full of things that can delight us-the sound of a spring robin, the scent of a flowers, the smile on a child’s face.
I will count the things that delight me today-and I be I find that most of them are simple things.(Linda Picone)

He who looks outside, DREAMS; who looks inside awakens. (Carl Jung)
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. (Napoleon Hill)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. (Mark Twain)
A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life. (Charles Darwin)
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. (Booker T. Washington)

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful week,
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off

Q-Tip 1/6/20

Happy Monday My Friends,

What a better way to start off this New Year than with words of encouragement.  With a strong positive attitude and outlook, we can make this the best year ever with many more to come.
This is the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese horoscope: The meaning of the rat represents the strength that you possess, and adaptability you can demonstrate when push comes to shove and it is similar to the praying mantis spirit animal. When you have the rat totem, you are not afraid to get your hands dirty to do what needs to be done and to accomplish your goals.
This leads to our inspirational letter today.
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word-excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” (Pearl S. Buck)
It doesn’t matter what the work is——cleaning windows, delivering the mail, or designing rockets. We can find joy in any kind of work if we focus on the quality of our work. On the other hand, we’re not likely to find joy in work that we do sloppily or ineptly. We may not be excellent at everything we do, but we should always strive for excellence. And when we do, we may surprise ourselves at how much enjoyment we can take in even the most mundane tasks.
I do many things well, some of them more significant then others. But I can enjoy any task if I focus on doing it well. (Linda Picone)
You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. (Michael Jordan)
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities are endless. (Jamie Paolinetti)
Wishing everyone a wonderful year and a wonderful week
Susie Q for QSPAC signing off