Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Better Perspective

Let’s say that we agree that our moment-by-moment choices of attitude and perspective of life are what govern our general demeanor, our personality, and our spiritual outlook. Let’s suppose farther that our attitude needs improvement…and whose doesn’t?! Well, how do we improve our attitude? One of the first things we can do is to realize that our plight isn’t near as bad as it could be. If you are able to read this blog, there are millions of people who would trade places with you. Yet, they have great attitudes. Regardless of how bad your marriage might be, there are those who’ve had it much worse but made it work. No matter how sick you may be, there are people who are sicker or the circumstances around their sickness are worse. Yet, they persevered with a smile on their face. The point is, we need to stop thinking we have it so bad.
Secondly, as the Good Book says, we need to focus on the good things, righteous things, and true things. That’s easy to do this when things are going well. But the true test of our character is our ability to do it when things aren’t going so well or we don’t feel so well. We have to find the silver lining in every storm. We have to be so accustomed to finding a good attitude and perspective in everything that it becomes a part of our nature.
Thirdly, know that there is hope. If we are willing to put forth the concerted effort it takes, we can move the mountains in our lives. Notice I didn’t say we have to put forth the effort we are willing to. No, instead, we have to put forth the effort that it takes.
We can blame various circumstances and situations for our current attitude and perspective. However, ultimately, our current attitude is the one which we chose.

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