Attitude Adjustment

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, or say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home.

The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it. And so it is, that we are in charge of our attitudes.”

As I was unpacking boxes last night from my recent move, I found this quote stuffed in a box with some papers from school. I think the older we get the easier it is to develop a crappy attitude and the harder it is to recognize the need for an adjustment.. but I’ve noticed the need in me recently so I’m glad this resurfaced at the perfect time.

You don’t have to be having the best day of your life, but you better believe if you start vocalizing it and whining about it, it ain’t gonna be gettin any better.

On the other hand, if you start acting the way you want to feel, you can definitely expect your attitude to become one of power, joy, peace and all kinds of other good stuff, regardless of the circumstances of your day.

Today, I’m choosing an attitude of gratefulness. I don’t deserve the goodness and grace God lavishes on me daily, but dangit if I’m gonna let the devil convince me I ought to be pissy about things I think I “need” and don’t have. I am typically a happy, cheerful person, but it’s amazing how an attitude of ungratefulness can make me lose sight of all the blessings in my life.

Lord, thank you for my new, beautiful home…(that is gated, so accidentally leaving my keys in the door at night isn’t AS dangerous as it was in the last place… nonetheless, help me not be so absent minded).. Thank you for the amazing miracle that my friend Billie is off life support after 16 days and beating all odds at recovery. Wow. You are amazing. Thank you for the gift of prayer.

Thank you for friends, thank you for family…what beauty and richness they add to my life. Thank you for life experience that brings wisdom even if it hurts at the time. Thank you for the opportunity to go back to school and the friends and mentors I now have after graduation. (thanks for that miracle too) ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for the many individuals, families, and children you’ve trusted me to develop relationships with, encourage, influence, or just be a safe place and a smile for over the years. Thank you for the next season ofย  life I’m not even aware of yet. Thank you for creating me just the way you have. I love me because you love me. I surrender my desires and embrace your good and perfect will. In Jesus name, amen.

Ahhh…feels good ๐Ÿ˜‰

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