How did you start your morning?
I started mine today grunting and groaning that I had a headache and didn’t want to go to work.
Jeff reminded me that getting out of bed is the hardest part of the day, and that if I would just jump up and get going my routine would kick in, and my attitude would improve.
Is it REALLY that easy?
That is the attitude that Jeff wakes up with each and every day, and he is one of the happiest people I know.
So his comment this morning got me thinking about attitudes.
The past few years I have discovered that there is REAL, tangible power in our attitudes.
We have the ability, through our attitudes to create each and every day, and make it into something magical…
We can use that same power of creation to create complete insanity in our lives.
So let me ask you once again…
How did you start your morning?
Were you pondering your “to do” list?
Feeling frustration with a work challenge?
Feeling overwhelmed with life?
What if Jeff is right…
AND if you can muster up the courage to just get out of bed,
The rest of the day will take care of itself?
What if he has stumbled upon a way to change the course of your day so that by every evening, you end the day with a smile?
I am willing to bet that we all have the ability to find the best in every day.
How can I be so sure of this?
Can you Remember the giddy excitement you felt as a child the morning of your birthday?
What about Christmas?
Or when you lost a tooth?
You KNEW it was going to be a great day.
And because of your belief that it was going to be a great day…
You took notice of all of the wonderful things that happened throughout the day.
What if that very same philosophy could be incorporated into your morning…
How do you think that might change your outlook on life?
If you start your day with the expectation that something great is going to happen, you will start watching for and appreciating those amazing moments throughout the day.
It’s a gift that only you can give yourself.
We all know that the challenges we all MUST face in life will always be there ebbing and flowing throughout the years.
We also know that there is rarely a day without some type of stressor in it.
But by deciding to focus on the positive aspects of your day will change your outlook on life in general.
Image with me for just a moment that you have learned to live your life with the excited anticipation of a child on Christmas morning each and every day…
Now when you are cut off in traffic, instead of automatically jumping into anger, you might pause and think, “Maybe that guy is heading to a chemo therapy appointment and is probably just distracted.“
Or the coworker who is not pulling her weight on a project may be struggling with depression or financial problems.
When you allow joy and excitement to be a part of your life each and every day, your perspective changes.
Instead of feeling PICKED ON all the time, you start to realize that everyone is fighting battles of their own, and probably didn’t even know they made you upset.
So for the rest of the day try this experiment:
When your blood pressure begins to rise with the insignificant problems in life,
Take a deep breath and feel grateful that you are doing whatever it is that you are doing and NOT heading to the emergency room with a chronically ill child
OR arranging for hospice for a loved one.
Focus on the blessings in your life as you take deep, cleansing breaths.
Gratitude is very relaxing!
And on those days when you find yourself struggling with a truly significant challenge,
(because let’s face it- life is difficult...)
Take a moment to simply remember that there are rainbows in every storm.
You might have to search but they are out there waiting for you to discover them.
As a gentle reminder… tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone.
You have been given the gift of this day.
While your schedule may be predetermined by your responsibilities,
Your perspective is your own to choose.
Start your morning with the anticipation that something great will happen…
big or small…
and be watchful.
And as you lay your head on your pillow tonight, take a moment to recount those positive highlights.