How's your attitude? Mine needed a slight course correction this week. Do you ever find yourself second-guessing, making assumptions, and generally chasing Don Quixote's windmills?
Attitude: "A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition."
I try to keep my attitude on the positive side. That comes easily most days, but every now and then, I feel the tug of fear or lose my confidence.
I call them the blahs. A blah day can creep in any time, usually sneaking in the back door without warning.
When our children were young, they often had days when absolutely nothing would make them happy. I would send them to their room with this task to adjust their attitude.
"Go to your room, and don't come out until you find your happy face."
Oh, you could hear wailing or stopping of little feet and the occasional slammed door. Without fail, in a short time, I might see a little smile behind a tear-stained cheek standing in the doorway.
The approach works for all of us, no matter our age. This week, I sent myself to my room to find my smile, a positive attitude, and gratitude for the day.
I also try to remember the advice of Maya Angelou.
"If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude."
Inspiration worth sharing . . .
- Every day is an opportunity to become better, even if better is just brightening your attitude. You can always start over. I wrote about the truth of new beginnings.
- The tragedy in Chuck Harmon's life didn't break him. He shares in his TED Talk how he changed his life because Attitude Is the Paintbrush of the Mind. And, he's a teacher.
- Just like those little faces that came out of their rooms smiling, you too can see clearly now—try it!
Inspiring words . . .
"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you
as by the attitude you bring to life;
not so much by what happens to you
as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
Be and become #yourbest today and every day.
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