September 15, 2017
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
As my wife works her way back from illness I truly believe the speed of recovery will be directly proportional to her attitude towards the ordeal. Too many of us let illness take us down making it difficult to work our way back up. The secret is to not give in to remorse and regret while feeling sorry for ourselves. We cannot change history but we can move ahead successfully if we move forward with a positive attitude. The game ends when we give up so stay optimistic about what tomorrow will hold and keep going.
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.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
A guy is driving around and he sees a sign in front of a house: “Talking Dog For Sale.” He rings the bell, and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a Labrador Retriever sitting there.
“You talk?” he asks. “Yep,” the Lab replies. “So, what’s your story?” The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young, and I wanted to help the government; so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running.” “But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I wanted to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work,
mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.” The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
“Ten dollars.” The guy says, “This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?” “Because he’s a liar. He didn’t do any of that.”
“Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.”
She said: My fifteen-year-old daughter Tammy was delighted when she got her first job as a hostess at a restaurant that has been owned and operated by the same family for years. At first everything went smoothly, but after a busy Sunday, my daughter returned home exhausted and frustrated. Apparently the owners kept looking over her shoulder, directing every move, and Tammy said she came very close to quitting.
After listening to her tirade of complaints, I responded, “So you don’t like working there anymore?”
“Oh,” my teenager replied, “I like working there just fine. I just don’t like them working there.”
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.”
The weather was very hot and this man wanted desperately to take a dive in a nearby lake. He didn’t bring his swimming outfit, but who cared? He was all alone. So he undressed and got into the water.
After some delightful minutes of cool swimming, a pair of old ladies walked onto the shore in his direction. He panicked, got out of the water and grabbed a bucket lying in the sand nearby. He held the bucket in front of his private parts and sighed with relief.
The ladies got nearby and looked at him. He felt awkward and wanted to move. Then one of the ladies said: ‘You know , I have a special gift, I can read minds.’
‘Impossible’, said the embarrassed man, ‘You really know what I think?’
‘Yes’, the lady replied, ‘Right now, I bet you think that the bucket you’re holding has a bottom.’
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry Van Dyke
BY MOM & DAD
* Mothers of teens know why some animals eat their young.
* Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
* Children: You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut-up.
* Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.
* I love to give homemade gifts. Which one of my kids do you want?
* Children are natural mimics who act like their parents, despite every effort to teach them good manners.
* Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the drive before it has stopped snowing.
* The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
* Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your kids.
* You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can never fool mom.
* A child’s greatest period of growth is the month after you’ve purchased new school clothes.
* Anyone who says “Easy as taking candy from a baby” has never tried it.
A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
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