Life … it happens to all of us. It’s how we choose to handle the stress and chaos that really depicts who we are. Every day is a choice. You CHOOSE to do this or that or be this or that. No, it’s not always going to be easy, nor will it always go our way. BUT, we should be a whole lot more thankful for what we have and not focusing on what we don’t.
“You are what you think about all day long.”
–Dr. Robert Schuller
I’ve just been thinking lately how i need to be more thankful for what I have now and my situation to appreciate fully what God gives me later. I know I am guilty of complaining (aren’t we all?), but lately it just seems so many people have to have SOMETHING (anything) to gripe about. It’s as if they’re forgetting the good and intentionally narrowing in on the negative. It’s very easy to see the bad, but why not try to see the upside? Who wants to always see the glass half empty? I know I don’t.
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake …”
–Marie Beyon Ray
All I’m saying is that we should all strive daily, hourly, secondly to have a more positive attitude and outlook; keyword being TRY which means actual effort has to be put in it. Being a downer is no fun. It makes you feel like crap and makes others either feel the same or not want to be around you. It’s a cheap way to gain attention and propriety.
“Activity and sadness are incompatible.” -Christian Bovee
Try to make a list of what you’re thankful for. Post it on the fridge or some place at work so when your negative attitude starts creeping in you’ll have it to look at as a reminder. Letting yourself habitually get down in the slumps does nothing for you, your friends, your family, or your self-esteem (except lowering it).
“Any attention is good attention …” That’s how many of us think (whether it’s consciously or subconsciously). I know that, for me at least, when someone is habitually negative and complains a lot, I tend to not want to be around them. Instead, I try to surround myself with people who are uplifters and have a more positive attitude.
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Some of you may say “Well, I’m not perfect …” but that’s a cop out … a complete cop out. None of us are perfect (nope, not even me … shocker, huh?!). But if you go into and out of the situation with the defensive mindset of “I’m not perfect,” then you’re ultimately setting yourself up for a negative attitude and making an excuse for yourself … and excuses only get you so far.
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden
So, I say to you all, get your big girl panties on and deal with it. Yes, there are times even I’ll have to go back to this to remind myself not to let my emotions and feelings get the best of me. I AM bigger and stronger than my situation. I CAN overcome my obstacles. Not only can I conquer all of this, but I am backed by the most powerful and amazing God. Through Him I can do ANYTHING. I truly and whole-heartedly believe that. So, let’s stop griping about the smallest things and realize what we’re thankful for. Let’s stop focusing on the pending doom and gloom and start to realize how truly great we have it.
“Act as if you have already achieved your goal and it is yours.”
– Dr. Robert Anthony
I didn’t write this to point fingers or put the blame solely on one person. Instead, I hope every one who reads this (me included) can take a step back and ask themselves if they’ve had that habitually negative-glass half empty-type of attitude. And if you do, change it!
“Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not remain so if you only perceive an ideal and strive to reach it. You cannot travel within and stand still without.”
– James Allen