Do you have any sayings or quotes hanging on the wall? I do. Things I have read or heard that I do not want to forget. Some are funny, and others are just true. Here is one by Charles Swindoll about an attitude that hits home for me. "I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Looking back on my life that sounds about right. What do you think?
It is funny how smart we become looking back on something we regret doing. Then better options come to mind. If I could stop time before reacting emotionally, and act intelligently, people might think I am a genius. Well, maybe not my wife, but she already thinks I am smarter than I am. Well, we can not stop time, but we can bite our tongue and consider better options.
You know somebody that has a great attitude don’t you? They always wear a smile. If you say the rain is driving you crazy, they answer the flowers will be beautiful. Sure they have off days, but mostly they are positive about life. Answer these questions. Do you like to be around them? Do they brighten your day? Do you want to pinch them to see if they are real? YES! My guess is they made an effort to be like that. And the more they practiced it, the more they enjoyed life.
There is this universal law I keep hearing about. Positive thoughts draw positive things into your life, while negative thoughts attract negative things. My guess is you have heard this too.
The way we think draws similar things into your life. It is believed to be a universal law by many people. Including my family. Stephanie's cancer threatened to kill her. Her motherly instincts kicked in, and she became focused on survival. Nothing was going to take her away from her newborn. Time and time again, she received terrible news. Twice she was within hours of death. She struggled, and she stumbled, who wouldn't, but she never gave up. She got back up every time she was knocked down. Honestly, I was amazed because I do not know that I could have done it. She hardly ever complained and became the strongest person on her team. Steph’s positive attitude helped her survive and made it easy for us to support her.
We create our environment based on how we think, the people we spend time with, and what we do to nurture positive thinking. Read positive self-help books, spend time meditating, and look for the silver lining in life. Steph sets the alarm on her phone to ring at noon each day. She checks her attitude and makes adjustments if it is not where she wants it. I just started rereading Gabrielle Burnstein's book, The Universe Has Your Back. I love the way she writes and provides simple things to support positive thinking.
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