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The Art of Reframing. – Doc Meek

The Art of Reframing

Mandy was a young adult who had been working for her company full-time for several years. But under new management, Mandy was moved from full-time hours to part-time work. At first, she was angry about the change.

Then a friend challenged her to look at what this would add to her life. Mandy was delighted to discover it meant more time. She’d always wanted to go back to college and finish her education.

Her employer even had a program that helped those working toward their degrees so not only was Mandy able to go to college, she did so at a reduced cost. By thinking it through, Mandy reframed a negative situation and created something positive from it.

What Is Reframing?

Have you ever noticed how putting a favorite photo, picture, or painting in a new frame can bring out certain colors in the piece? The right frame can give it a whole new look, and even change the overall energy or style of the room where it’s displayed.

The same is true for your attitude in life. You can’t always control what circumstances happen to you or what actions other people take that impact you. But you can control your attitude and adjust it so that you can turn every situation into a beautiful advantage.

Why Does Reframing Matter?

Reframing allows you to take back your power. When you’re not focused on actively reframing situations through a positive attitude, you can become a victim in your own life story. But with reframing, you shift from the victim to the one in the driver’s seat.

It’s true you don’t always get a choice in what happens to you, but you do get to choose which lens you view your life through. If you want to, you can choose to view it from a positive standpoint and look for the good. This can open up new opportunities and show you possibilities that you may have only dreamed of before.

What Situations Do You Need to Reframe?

It’s time to take a hard look at your life—both personally and professionally. What’s going on that you’ve been dragging a negative attitude into? Where have you been accepting an outlook of discouragement and defeat?

If you’re struggling to know which situations you need to reframe, think about the ones that you keep bringing up to your friends. Every time you get together with a social group, or when you call your best friend, this is what you complain about. You analyze it repeatedly, pointing out how you were wronged. Maybe you were maligned. Maybe you did deserve better. Maybe they really were out to get you.

But the deeper question here is: are you going to let these situations define you or are you going to find a way to reframe and rise above them? Because the truth is you can let yourself be a whiner or a warrior—it’s all in how you frame it. End of story.

Doc Meek thanks the generous contributors of this article:

Kelly, Sam, & Avery
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“Pumpkin for mental health!” – Doc Meek

13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin,

According to Science

(+8 Pumpkin Recipes)

A solid foundation for overcoming learning problems is good mental and bodily health. Here is a guest article about the extensive health benefits of the “lowly” pumpkin (not just at Halloween, but year round), courtesy of Jesse Miller:

Pumpkin offers major health benefits that go beyond those of other superfoods I’ve come across. Even though pumpkins are seasonal foods, they’re full on flavor and nutrition. You can make pumpkin puree, serve mashed pumpkins with chicken recipes, or add them in your soups. There’s so much to gain from pumpkin as a superfood for a healthier lifestyle.

Pumpkins are characterized by high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E, dietary fiber, thiamin, and folate. They also contain a good amount of dietary zinc and manganese that reduces inflammation and lowers level of neurological damage in healthy individuals. They’re good for heart health, healthy vision, anti-cancer benefits, and for the treatment of high blood pressure conditions.

Other than a Thanksgiving treat, pumpkins are popularly cooked for low-calorie meals. Looking at the way pumpkin benefits the human body, it’s a surprise why you haven’t gotten the most out of it, yet.

See the 13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin (+ 18 Pumpkin Recipes) at this link:

  • Thanks to Jesse Miller of for this great guest article!
  • Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, March 18, 2017

Learning Differences Month (October)

Art Gallery

A Rose

A Rose

By: Ryan , Age 17, Hurst, Texas

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From “LD Online”: The world’s leading website on Learning Disabilities and ADHD:

Learning Disabilities Awareness [Learning Differences Awareness] Month (October)

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Learning Disabilities Awareness Month [October in CANADA and the USA] is a time where people pay particular attention to children and adults with learning disabilities [learning differences]. During this month, LD OnLine asks each of you to teach one person something new about learning disabilities [learning differences]. You could, for example, introduce them to our newsletter or share an interesting article using the “Email” icon (located in the top right corner of every page).

Information on Learning Disabilities [Learning Differences]

Read A Primer on Learning Disabilities to find out what a learning disability [learning difference] is, what the different types of learning disabilities [learning differences] are, and what causes them.

Read these short articles to learn more about the specific types of learning disabilities [learning differences]:

Our glossary defines the vocabulary of special education.

Our timeline tells the history of learning disabilities.

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Fun Activities

Send an e-card to a teacher. The school year has just begun and an e-card about how a teacher has helped your child should get the year off to a great start.

Read a children’s book aloud to a child you know.

Visit our kids’ art gallery. Encourage your child to draw or paint a picture and submit it here.

Visit Sparktop, a website where kids with learning disabilities (or who learn differently) can create things, play games, connect with other kids, and discover new ways to succeed in school …and life.

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Inspirational Stories

Here are some success stories about overcoming disabilities to give hope and inspire solutions for similar problems you may be experiencing:

How the special education system helped her child

How a doctor overcame a non-verbal learning disability to pass her medical boards

A person with dyslexia explains why he loves “reading” audio books

How learning about the label of “learning disabilities” helped a college student understand herself

How planning skills helped a man succeed in college, and on the job, despite his learning disabilities

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More About Learning Disabilities

Our LD Topics section tells you how to help children learn math,writing and spellingreading, and how to study. You also can find out about:

Here are some other helpful articles:

Subscribe to our free LD Online Monthly Newsletter and Daily NewsLine to receive up-to-date resources and headlines on learning disabilities.

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History and Future of LD Awareness Month

October was originally designated in the United States as LD Month in 1985 through a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. Learning Disabilities Association of Canada has celebrated an LD Month since 1987 and provides a toolkit to help you celebrate. For many years, learning disabilities organizations in the United States used the month to inform the public about learning disabilities through events and proclamations. LD Month is still commemorated in a few states. LD OnLine is considering a plan for public education in LD Month next year. Please contact us if you formally celebrated LD month this year, using “Positive side of LD” as your subject. We may feature your ideas next year.

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Thanks to all those who help children and adults with learning challenges!

Doc Meek, Fri, Oct 14, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“A library is thought in cold storage.”- Penned by Herbert Samuel [Samual?]

Librarians’ duty was to guard the doors

I remember when I was in grade school, more than half a century ago now.

The librarians thought it was their duty to guard the doors to the library, lest the students get in, take books off the shelves, and damage them.

Nowadays, the doors are open and the books are often displayed in open racks, inviting students to pick them up. What a  nice change. “Books are to be read and enjoyed,” not guarded from overuse.

Picture from Shoemaker Elementary, Macungie, PA

And the computers are in the library as well. The internet has brought multiple, multiple libraries to the students’ fingertips (literally).

Some technical people have insisted numerous times that the day of the hard-copy book is dead and gone.

Somehow though, it persists, and will persist.

There is nothing like a good book in your hands to curl up with, like an old friend.

Curling up with a computer just does not have the same appeal. 😮

Besides you an go backwards and forwards in a book in a way you cannot on a computer, and mark special passages. Take anywhere. No electrical power source needed. At least in daylight. How about at night? Even a candle might be enough, eh? 😮

Enjoy real books, if you can.

They will always be here, and there.

To love.

To cherish.

To read.

To have.

To hold.


Sounds like a good marriage, doesn’t it? 😮

Perhaps it is.

Doc Meek, Friday, June 11, 2010

At Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA; not at South Jordan, Utah, USA

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