People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
It is intriguing to watch how the description of things and events are viewed differently by people. What we see and what we hear tend to be filtered and even modified by our opinions and prejudices. The same afternoon might be warm to one and cool to another, it is the same with much of our lives. What we see and what we hear are factual and objective yet they are often perceived differently. Sadly more than not we accept our view as being the only right view and fail to try to see through another’s eyes what we might have missed.
I think the same thing happens as we face life’s challenges. The same illness will create despair and even fatalism in one person and a resilient positive reaction in another. Again it seems to me that we react differently because our built in filters let us only see what we are conditioned to see. Expect the worst and you’ll see the worst, expect the best and you will be able to see bright lights in even the darkest corners. The thing that most controls our filters is our attitude. Regretfully too many of us do not prepare for the roadblocks that we often find in our lives as we could if we just developed a positive attitude. Objectively things will happen that we can not change but we can deal with them if we have the right attitude, I may get there a little later because of the detour but I won’t be left behind waiting for some miracle to remove the roadblock.
In my case today is the day I see the Neurologist to see if she is going to suggest I change my lifestyle, give up travel or make other changes that might be unappealing. I am looking forward to the meeting as it will allow me to know more about what is ahead and the choices I have. Wow, that sounds dreadful; it is not like it sounds, I am feeling good, doing good and plan on continuing to do so I’ll just know more that might increase the probability of future happiness.
Enough of that let’s hear from today’s guest.
Rev. Charles Swindoll
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, then circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, 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.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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She said: As a Dominican sister, I lived in a convent named for a deceased pope. One day while I was wearing contemporary clothes instead of my habit, I drove into a gas station to get the communal car filled up.
After the young attendant topped off the tank, he walked toward my car window to return my credit card. It was clear from his furrowed brow that he had something on his mind. The young man looked at me shyly and pointed to the convent’s name, John XXIII Hall, imprinted on the card.
"Pardon me," he asked hesitantly, "but how do you pronounce your husband’s middle name?"
The young know the rules, the old know the exceptions.
"I was relaxing in my favorite chair on Sunday," said Doug to Bill, "reading the newspaper, watching a ball game on TV and listening to another on the radio, drinking a beer, eating a snack, and scratching the dog with my foot — and my wife has the nerve to accuse me of just sitting there doing nothing !"
Happiness comes when we stop wailing about the troubles we have,
and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.
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