WARNING THIS IS A RE-RUN FROM May 30,2012.
Again I find my writing has seemed to stall. I think if you go back into my blog (about the second maybe 3rd page) and read “THE SLEEP ROBBER” you will understand part of the reason. And with that comes my attitude which again needs adjusting and reviving. Things have happened that got in the way of my working on my attitude which is a constant job. I feel we are all in charge of our attitudes and like all work it is something you have to do every day. So I apologize for the hit and miss blogging and this re-run. I am working on the attitude and some new posts. I thank you all so much for your patience and your support by following me. I appreciate your patience. Hopefully you will find that it has been worth it. So now I will go work on some new things but as you can see I have been here before, lol, lol.
I have not been on my blog for a while, let’s just say I do have a good reason and it is beyond my control. But still I am frustrated. I want to write. And because my attitude needs tuning again which means work.
I want to write about attitude today. Mainly because sometimes I know I need an Attitude Adjustment and need to remind myself of this. I believe my faith in God gets me through so much but I have to do the work also. Attitude is work and it needs to be kept up and fine tuned. It is not an easy job but I believe it can be done in most cases. I say most cases because there are always some exceptions in life.
I know I have said this before but I believe in the half full not half empty glass. I believe when I go through tough or trying times that there is always someone else that is worse off than I am unfortunately for them but a reminder to me to keep an “Attitude of Gratitude” that it is not worse for me. I know that life with all its bad has so much more good if we look for it. I believe there is a good lesson in almost every situation good or bad and I just have to look at what that lesson is and learn from it. I believe that behind every closed-door there is something to be discovered and if the door closes for me, it means I should move on to the next one because that is not the one I need at that time.
Now having said all that even though I have always lived by this, I admit in some matters it took me a long time to be able to apply these thoughts to it. I also will say I need a lot of practice and work to keep it up like every human does so I have to work hard at it. So how do I do this?
For me this is the most important and works always. How you pray is up to each person. But that “talk” with God gets me every time.
I sometimes make a list, sometimes mental sometimes on paper. Well first of all I am rich with love in my family that I have in my life. I am beyond billionaire status in this part of my life. I have best friend and good husband of 43 years, two wonderful loving, healthy, giving sons, happy with great loves in their lives, and beautiful, wonderful, awesome grandkids. WOW! How lucky is that? I think about that and that brings a smile and that can clear out anything that is getting in my way of a good attitude. It reminds me of what I do have. It is a very important thing to do to pick up my attitude. Then from there if I need more help I can list all the other things I do have. (I do not mean things as in possessions.) For everyone this list would be different. I have health issues BUT: and I list how much worse they could be. That goes for any issues I have. Lists can be a wonderful way to remind myself because when you write it down, you not only think it, you see it and read it out loud so you hear it too. Involving your senses goes a long way to help retain that information.
GO OUT AND SEE AND HELP:
Volunteering somewhere where people need help reminds me how lucky I am. This is a two-fold step for me. Because you meet so many wonderful people and so many of them have that good attitude thing going and I learn so much from them. There are people out there with nothing and yet have so much GRACE and appreciation for life. It is humbling. Sometimes just going somewhere where things aren’t the best is enough to remind me. Count all my blessings!
I think practicing it every day is critical. If I wake up “on the wrong side of the bed” I have to force myself to look for something on the brighter side. Attitude like anything else in life is working at it to become better. If you want to play an instrument or a sport or be successful at a job you have to practice to become the best you can be. Why would we not think it is the same in all else we do. It takes practice to become proficient in something. Something I was taught was, life is about working. It takes work to be your best. Work is hard but that is what gets us anywhere. There are no free rides in life. Everything comes through work and effort. If you find a free ride you better look at it carefully before you get on because there most likely will be a price, we may just not see it upfront. Usually that price is higher than most. Now a free ride is different than a gift. We are many times given gifts some are just that and a wonderful thing that is. But some still come with a price. We just have to work and study at which it is and is the price worth it.
AHHHHHH! For me there is nothing better than digging in the dirt and watching something grow. The garden is like a church to me. It is holy! It has miracles everywhere you look. The flowers, the trees, the birds and the bees and yes even the weeds. That will bring me out of bad attitude every time.
For me music is a gift. And I love it and it always seems to cheer me up and on. I love picking a play list on a bad day with songs that are upbeat and have good words that send messages of positive thoughts. It is surprising how many do even some of the blues have good positive messages in them. And yes I even have heard a rap song or two that has lots of positive affirmations in it. So next time you hear a song listen and you may find a line or two that will help change you thought process on a bad day. Sometimes the music itself is uplifting on its own.
“ATTITUDE OF GRATTITUDE”
I try to always be thankful for just waking up everyday to be around and enjoy all there is to enjoy. There is always something I believe I can find to be grateful for.
LAUGHTER AND SMILES:
Oh yes another very important one for me. Laughter is the best medicine that has been known for centuries. GOTTA LAUGH OUT LOUD ! This is one of my favorite sayings to myself when I am overwhelmed. And sometimes I just have to buck up and put on a smile and that changes my thought process. It takes more work to frown than to smile.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY:
Sometimes just spending some time or hearing from a good friend or family does the trick! It is one of those gifts we get.
Those are some of my methods of madness. I am sure there are so many more ways to work at keeping my attitude up there. I know that many of you have fantastic attitudes and have other ideas. Feel free to share! We all need help and we all need fine tuning. This is not easy and for some it is so much more work because they have so much more on their plates. But it is what I believe will help us get through the rough patches and sink holes in this life. Our attitudes can make a bad situation better and easier to deal with. Our attitude is what people see and help them decide if they want to be around in your life.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!