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Note from Dad- This blog post started out as a punishment for my 12yo. Abishai came in 10 minutes late for a check-in, so he had to write a 500 word essay on “being positive” as the punishment. Of course, he hated the idea at first. Then, once he started researching and reading about positive thinking, he asked me if he could do a longer write-up and post it to his blog. That’s how a punishment should work every time, but so often doesn’t.

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Hi, my name is Abishai. Today is all about positive thinking.

Positive thinking is a mental attitude in which you expect good and favorable results. In other words, positive thinking is the process of creating thoughts that create and transform energy into reality. A positive mind waits for happiness, health and a happy ending in any way. Basically, positive thinking is completely up to you as a person. It’s not like someone can just give you positive thinking. That’s just not how it works here on earth.

If you think someone gave you positivity then one of you probably needs some mental help. Positive thinking is something you can teach, but it shows great self-control if you can teach yourself. Although, if you need help learning, there are people who specialize in that exact thing.

Some synonyms for positivity are optimistic, enthusiastic, good, productive, encouraging, worthwhile, practical, approving, beneficial, certain, sure, convinced, confident, satisfied, and assured. Now think, what do all of those words have in common, oh wait, I know. They all mean the same thing positivity. Here I was thinking I wasn’t smart.

Now this is going to be a little weird, but hippies, almost everyone hates them, but one thing that I like about them is that they believe in peace. I mean it is basically their entire life. Without peace (here’s that word again) and positivity the world would already be in World War XV and counting. So it turns out hippies aren’t all bad. It just makes me want to dislike them a little less. Now you may not have heard of this before or maybe you have, but, there is this thing out there called WORLD PEACE. Now I know what you’re thinking “I know all about world peace.” Well guess what, you don’t!

You know that word positivity I keep using, well what if I told you that it could most literally change the world. Think if everyone including the government practiced positivity the world would be better in general. And I mean every country in the world. Positive thinking could save the world. That would be the full extent of the power of positive thinking. In my opinion, if I had to pick one superpower it would be the power of positive thinking because it would change the world. So that means I could change the world. Having a positive outlook is the same thing as having a bright outlook. Because if you think positively the whole world just looks brighter. Otherwise the whole world just looks gloomy in your eyes.

Now I have a story about myself about positive thinking. So now for the last three birthdays I’ve had, I have raised a little over $2,000 for a charity called Charity Water. They dig wells for clean water in a lot of different countries where people don’t have access to clean water and thousands are dying because of water diseases.  So with the money I raised for them they were able to build over five wells in three different countries. How do think Charity Water came to be, I’ll give you a hint. It’s that word I keep using… Positive thinking what did I tell you positive thinking is slowly but surely saving the world. They are coming up with a way to pump and cleanse salt water so that it is drinkable without the side effects of regular salt water. And I intend to donate more birthdays to this awesome act of positive thinking (charitywater.com).

There are people out there that are trying to help with world hunger in countries where people don’t have enough money to buy food. I actually was able to meet one of them he came, and spoke at our church, and he was the most positive person ever. He was really cool. I met a bunch of other guys that do flying mission trips to deliver food and first aid kits. So there are tons of people all around the world that are trying to change it through positive thinking and God, because guess who created positive thinking? That’s right. You guessed it God.

Think about it. Adam and Eve could have a terrible life if they just melted down when God told them that they were going die at some point, but instead they accepted it and thrived and even, you know, started the human race. So actually the world started with the power of positive thinking. Also Noah, who rode a gigantic boat through a flood taller than Mount Everest. I don’t know about you but I would be kind of unnerved, and scared but no, not Noah. He stays calm and manages to keep over 100,000 animals calm also. So I’m incredibly impressed by his POSITIVE THINKING. Aren’t you?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could do that. Do you think you could? If you think you can, wow you must be awesome. So positive thinking, I think I like it. But do and will you try to make a difference with it.

Good luck. 🙂

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Michael Jordan is my favorite basketball player ever, and I want to tell you why.

I like Michael Jordan because he is the greatest basketball player of all time, and he practically flies when he dunks. He also owns the Charlotte Hornets, and goes to places like colleges and teaches basketball, which I think is cool. At the age of 12 Michael Jordan was already dominating the court. Before Michael Jordan joined the Bulls he went to University of North Carolina and played on the Tarheels national championship team. Then he joined the Chicago Bulls and became a league star.

I think he has the coolest basketball nickname ever. It is Air Jordan. He is not just a professional basketball player but also a former pro baseball player, and pro golfer. Not to mention, he sells his own brand of shoes called Air Jordans.

That is why I like Michael Jeffrey Jordan.

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Eggs-Charity WaterI wanted to thank everybody for helping with my birthday party that I gave away to raise money for Charity Water. We had a lot of fun at my eggstravaganza where I cooked for everyone to raise more money.

My grand total I raised was $772, which is way more than I raised last time.

Thanks so much to Eggs Up Grill for giving us all the eggs for the party!

Here’s a bunch of photos for everyone.

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20140707_104012Me and my brothers and my mom set up a booth the other day to give away watermelon and cold water to anyone that wanted some.

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It was fun and hot.

We did like the guys at GameChurch said, and when people asked what we were doing, we said, “Free watermelon and drinks. Jesus loves you.”

Even though we gave it away for free, people donated a lot of money to our church, almost $30.

Abishai’s FoodLab will be serving up spectacular egg creations to raise money for charity: water on July 17 at 6pm. I am giving away my birthday to cook for you to provide clean water for others.

The donation for a ticket is $10. You can buy them from me in person, at The Pilgrimage, or bring a receipt of your donation that you made through the charity: water website.

Click HERE to donate directly.

Here’s your video invitation…

If you’d like to see a cool video that Scott Harrison made with my dad, click below.

 

Last year I was able to attend an amazing summer camp called The Wilds with my cousin Ethan.

One of the many things we did was hike to the lake. At the lake we were able to do all kinds of activities like ‘the Blob’, which is a giant air bag that you sit on. Then someone else jumps on it, and it bounces you really high in the air, and you drop into the lake. There was also an obstacle course where our teacher timed us going through twists turns and jumps. You had to climb a cool rope ladder that was loads of fun.

We also hiked a trail called Turtle Rock. It was called Turtle Rockbecause there was a rock on the trail that was shaped like a turtle. We couldn’t climb on that rock, but it was still very awesome to see!

The Wilds is a weeklong camp, and I wished I could stay there much longer. The wonderful membership at Friendship Baptist Church sponsored about eight of us kids to go. They paid for and gave us a ride to the camp. There was only one bad part…leaving.

I can’t wait to go back! Every single other thing was absolutely loads of pure FUN!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks Charity Water for my birthday phone call!

Here’s more stuff about Charity Water. Click HERE.