“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” John Lubbock
Whatever we are looking for we need to understand that how we look at it will probably determine what we think of it. If we see something we think is pretty we will like it but if we think it is ugly we won’t. If someone agrees with what we say we think they are wise if they don’t we think they aren’t. This is especially true when it comes to politics. Your party is right the other is wrong. Your candidate is perfect theirs is not.
We need to remember that there is more to words and actions then what we see. It is important to take some time and think before we judge others. It is important to listen, really listen with intent, before we speak. And when we have something to say to consider our words before we voice them and our actions before we move in any direction.
Today we have a new President. You may or may not like who he is or what his thoughts and plans are for the future. But remember if we only look for what we won’t like and don’t look at what is actually happening we may miss what needs to be seen and heard be it good or bad.
“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy.”
I agree with Alexander! Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes we soar high and sometimes we are in a deep pit. If we are in a pit just wallowing there and don’t do what we can to climb up and out we will remain miserable. I know I spend time in the pit on occasion. One thing I know for sure is that I really don’t like being there. And I know that it takes hard work to get back on firm ground, often really hard work.
The thing about hard work is that it develops muscle and agility and fortitude. That’s good because we all have problems and troubles. It takes courage and strength to face those things and and to not allow them to be the deciding factor of our attitude and how we live our lives.
Maybe the best thing that we get from the hard work is that we can soar even higher!
The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood. Voltaire
I have to agree with with Voltaire. We have a choice. We can be in a good mood or a bad mood. Oh, I know sometimes things get us down or don’t go our way. Happens to me more than I like and when the mood is bad I sometimes dwell in it for awhile. But I don’t like being miserable! So, I make the decision to shake off that ugliness and get on with my good old ditzy life.
I am talking about everyday bad moods not the moods that happen when there is loss, sorrow, grief, heartache…those things need to be felt and acknowledged…they are not bad moods they are major life happenings. Major life happenings need time and care to come to terms with over time.
“No matter what accomplishments you make
somebody helps you.”
How true. Think about it. Of the things you have accomplished how many did you do without any help? Probably not a one. There were helpers whether or not you acknowledged them or even knew them.
In your life, there are family members, teachers, coaches, friends, acquaintances, neighbors, students, clergy,…the list is endless. You probably know most of those who helped you achieve the things you wanted to do, be, have, make, or happen. But there are many who are in the background. People who wrote or did something that inspired you and gave you the tools and courage to try something new and different. They may be close or distant or even no longer in this world but they were there for you on your journey.
Maybe it’s time to acknowledge your helpers.
Say thank you to those you know…and don’t know.
Look for where you can be of help to others.
Share your blessings.
“What is day is it?” asked Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh
Pooh has a great attitude. We should have the same but we don’t live in Pooh’s world. He lives in a happy and loving world where no matter what today brings it always ends up wonderful and there are sweet dreams. Pooh’s world is fiction where all ends well and everyone lives happily ever after.
Our world is not a place of fiction, though there are those that would like us to believe their fiction is truth, and all does not end well with sweet dreams to follow. Still, we should try to have a good attitude. But there are things that just get in the way. Some of the things that get in the way of my good attitude and don’t make for favorite days in my life;
Sometimes I don’t see what others see when looking at the same things
Sometimes I don’t hear what others hear when listening to the same things
Some things I think are right others think are wrong
Some things I think are wrong others think are right
There are people I like that others don’t
There are people I don’t like that others do
I don’t love or even like some people
Some people don’t love or even like me
That’s just the way it is. I am trying to be more understanding. But it is a bumpy road.
This day is the only one we have
It may not be a favorite
Let’s make it the very best we can
“Optimism is an elected attitude, a form of emotional courage.” Julia Cameron
Optimism is something we choose in spite of the way things are…or seem to be. The world is often a scary place. It is big and filled with lots of different people that are often hard to understand and get along with a lot of the time. People tend to talk about the troubles and woes of life rather than the happiness and rewards.
It is best to not let circumstances determine how we think. It isn’t easy to face challenges, some of which can be overwhelming if we allow our fear to be bigger than the challenges. Optimism requires some work. It doesn’t just happen. Really, it is easier to just give up and be pessimistic. What a depressing thought!
Anyone can survive daily life, but it is a person of courage who thrives.
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