Tonight I watched my friend's four children so she and her husband could go on a date night. We often trade weeks to get in date nights with free babysitting! It's a lovely plan. Amazingly enough our 9 children between us all (for the most part) get along like angels. A good time was had, movies were watched and children were tucked in before 10 p.m.
We watched a movie called Judy Moody...something or other...about her summer. It was a cute family friendly, kid movie. Judy is MOODY! And her summer doesn't go quite like she planned. She finds a lot, I MEAN A LOT, of reason to be unhappy. It got me thinking about our reactions in life. My mom used to say life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it. I don't know that it is entirely true that our attitude determines our altitude. I know some pretty positive people in some pretty bad situations. But there is no really good defense I have found to argue against the fact that it IS TRUE...that one is happier, when one chooses to be happier. Likewise, one IS grumpier, when one chooses to be grumpier. Judy looked back on her long summer and had an epiphany...life wasn't as bad as she thought it had been all summer long. The memories she had made were actually happy ones. Imagine if she had choosen to enjoy the ride instead of just looking back to enjoy the view.
In this retrospection of my own life I find that more than not I have done this. Today is the day to stop! Lemons get tossed my way, rest assured that I have pounds and pounds of sugar over here just waiting for them. But no matter what happens...I am going to enjoy the ride, the journey the ups and downs...and I will probably need to stay close to a bathroom of some sort...because I have a feeling I will be drinking a lot of lemonade. Good thing I LOVE lemonade!
Think, choose, Be!!!
Changing the world...ONE letter at a time!