Not every day is going to be filled will blessings, joy and peace. There are going to be days where something is going to drain you emotionally and physically. It is how we respond during those draining days that are vitally important. It is the attitude that we keep within and the attitude we display externally that will determine our direction.
Our problems and challenges will change us. How we respond to the challenges and problems will reveal our character. That doesn’t mean that we won’t struggle for a time or that we won’t feel upset about something because more than likely we will suffer a dip in the road. Instead of falling into the dip the resolve should be to move out of the dip as quickly as possible.
How? How do you get out of a dip before it turns into a rut?
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” William James
We can alter our lives by altering our attitude. We can think of what can be rather than what was. We can think forward to something better or we can sink into the regret of yesterday. We can choose to be thankful for today and hopeful for a better tomorrow. We have the ability to choose our attitude in any circumstance.
Attitude is yours worth catching?
What do you want your attitude to be?
Reflect on what you are thankful for.
There is always something that one can be thankful for.
Gratitude is the lubricant for the soul. When we offer gratitude we begin to experience the positive aspects of life. Gratitude becomes a doorway into our inner being where joy can begin to do its work. Gratitude generates positive emotions with the outcome being that we desire to help others in need.
An interesting experiment was done a number of years ago that tested the gratitude theory. Researchers left a dime in the coin return of a pay phone. Those people who found the time were much more likely to help someone in need shortly thereafter. Those who didn’t find a coin in the coin return of the pay phone were much less likely to help someone. Consider for a moment that something as small as a thin dime encouraged people to go out of their way to help someone else.
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” Johannes A. Gaertner
A powerful way to transform our day or week is to practice the attitude of gratitude. Provide authentic and genuine encouragement to those you work with and see if it makes your day lighter and their day brighter.
What things in your everyday life are you thankful for? Can you come up with just a few items?