It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, March 14, 2014

Chapter 3, Page 14, Book 14

The longer I love, 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% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.
 Charles R. Swindoll

If you’ve been reading along with my reflections every day you’ll probably be relieved to know I’ve finally move on to a new focus:

Give up discouragement----be full of hope.

Discouragement is a common response to the challenges of life.  It comes most often when you do right things but experience poor results. You work hard, but you don't make progress. You show up to practice every day, giving it your all, but you lose every game 

Discouragement can be mistaken for a bad attitude if it is a part of depression. But A bad attitude is a sign that one is discouraged. Discouragement snuffs out the flame of a can do attitude.

We all have our excuses for our bad attitudes. We didn't get enough sleep. We haven't had our coffee yet. We don't feel good. Someone said something mean to us. I could go on and on but in the end we are responsible for our attitudes.

All attitudes are contagious, but no attitude is more contagious than gratitude, real gratitude.  Every word you say and every action you take will influence people around you for better or for worse. Life is a gift and a privilege. When you see it as a gift, you will embrace life. When you see it as a privilege, you won’t despair of life.  That is where the attitude of gratitude comes into play.  Those who embrace the gift of life will its accompanying responsibilities make the most of life.

Remember:  Anyone can empty his or her glass and fill it up with something life giving.  It’s our choice.

Hope, in its widest acceptation, is described as the desire of something together with the expectation of obtaining it. Being grateful for the things we have today, gives us hope for tomorrow.  Gratitude helps us stay positive. It helps us appreciate the good moments in the middle of tough stuff. And it reminds us that, even when the situation looks bleak, there's still hope

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.   It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie


linda m said...

Excellent topic this morning. Really enjoyed reading it. Gratitude is something I strive for every day and a bad attitude can destroy my efforts. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

jack69 said...

Another good one today. And the opening by Swindoll is very good also.
Thanks for life tips. We all need them, that is for sure. (sometimes more than others!)

WE do have sun today!


I love that Anne Bradford saying. Exactly what I need to do.

betty said...

Good idea to replace discouragement with hope. I totally agree with what Charles Swindoll said too! I think it is easy to wallow in self pity or discouragement, but yes definitely hope and gratitude will point us in a better frame of mind!