Your attitude really does affect the world around you. For instance, I wake up and as I step out of bed, walk into the living room, and immediately step barefoot on a Lego that was left out overnight. Howling out in pain, I go running angrily into the bedroom to retrieve my house shoes. I’m really not paying attention due to the anger I’m feeling and bam! I trip over my own two feet, falling into the wall. I begin to curse under my breath and start to blame little Jimmy for leaving the Lego out in the first place. You can probably guess how the rest of this story plays out. It snowballs from there. You can’t get the kids to wake up on time, spill coffee on your favorite pants, run out the door without your wallet or purse and on and on.
Let’s play out a bit differently however and see how it ends. Instead, I wake up and I step out of bed, walk into the living room, and immediately step barefoot on a Lego that was left out overnight. Acknowledging that it does indeed hurt, I move the Lego to the side, thinking about how I will talk to Jimmy about picking up his toys before he goes to bed. Realizing that I forgot my house shoes, I walk into the bedroom to retrieve them. As I move through my morning in a peaceful state, I am able to move my coffee out of the way when it spills, protecting my favorite pants. The kids are also in a peaceful state because they can feel my own. I have a clear head so remember to grab my wallet or purse as I head out the door and off I go.
Okay, so it may not play out exactly as written here but, can you see how perhaps our mood and attitude can help to shape the day? We’ve all had those days where we feel absolutely nothing goes right. What if however, we were to recognize that feeling and to simply stop for a moment, sit down and just breathe for about five minutes? What if we were to recognize within that moment that regardless of external circumstances, we have the power and ability to control how we perceive each moment, therefore shaping or changing our attitude of said moment?
The choice really is yours. So allow me to ask….how are YOU today?