You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
Yesterday I shared with you how impressed I was with the old and new friends I had lunch with last Saturday. As I saidt most of those I knew from the past I had not seen for at least twenty-five years. As I am sure you can guess these were not young folks rather the, let us say, the well experienced that now were reaping the rewards of the life they had led.
For me it was a great experience since often people in my age group focus on their aches and pains, their latest medical events and even what is wrong with the world and most of the people in it. I heard none of that, mostly these were people that probably will never give up on life. It was again an example of how much a positive attitude can do for us when we focus on what is right in our lives while not letting adversity take us down.
Here is an abridged article written by Catherine Pulsifer who is a motivational speaker and positive thinking author that I respect.
Attitude Determines Everything
How we react, what we do or say, all depends on our attitude. It determines whether we'll be happy or sad. Attitude can help, or hinder us in all areas of our lives. And we have complete control over our own attitude. We are the ones we decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react.
If your thoughts are constantly of doom and gloom, you will receive the same in return. You will view the world as cloudy and dismal.
Your thoughts and your perception of the world influences all that you do, and all that you are, and all that you can be. If you see the sunshine, feel the sunshine then you feel good. But if your focus is only on the clouds and the dark sky then you may find yourself a bit gloomy.
Changing your attitude is really changing the way you see things. To begin the change, you must start looking for the good in every situation, rather than the negative. The wisdom here is "looking for the good in every situation". And, yes sometimes you may have to look hard to see the good, but believe me it is there you just have to keep looking. And when you find it, then focus on it, keep it in the forefront of your thoughts.
So, you see the choice is yours. If we compare attitude to swimming, which are you doing? Are you swimming - even against the currents and the waves you keep going, you see your destination and you are taking action to reach it. Are you floating - just allowing the waves to carry you, you end up where ever the water takes you. Are you drowning - you see the waves and the currents as difficulties you cannot overcome. Keeping a positive attitude will help your swim through life!
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life.
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Nothing improves memory like trying to forget.
He said: Serving as a Marine recruiter in North Carolina, I found a young man who met all the requirements and was ready to enlist. I explained the importance of being truthful on the application, and he began filling out his paper work. But when he got to the question "Do you own any foreign property or have any foreign financial interests?" he looked up at me with a worried expression.
"Well," he confessed, "I do own a Toyota. Does that matter?"
Bernie says to his wife Sarah, "Let's go out tonight, darling and have some fun."
Sarah replies, "OK, but if you get home before I do, please leave the light in the hall on."
Boudreaux found Thibodeaux walking down the levee, looking really down in the dumps. Naturally, he asked Thibodeaux what the problem was.
Thibodeaux told Boudreaux, "Well, me and Clothile done had our first fight last night." Boudreaux says, "Aw, dat's too bad. What y'all had a fight about?" Thibodeaux tells him, "Mais, I told her a joke about de Pope." Boudreaux says, "Mais, Thib, why did you do that? You knows dat Clothile is Catholic." Thibodeaux replies, "Yah, I knew dat, but I didn't know de Pope was too."
Vote for the man who promises the least. He will be the least disappointing.
A friend was thinking about buying a new house in the country and asked me to come out and look at it. We found the town, but we couldn't locate the road. We drove over to city hall, where a community get-together was going on, and asked around, but no one had heard of the road. Even the policemen and fire personnel were stumped. We went to city hall and consulted a map, with no luck, until finally one young man came to our aid. He pointed to the map, showing us exactly how to get there. I thanked the young man and asked if he was with the police or fire department.
"Neither," he replied. "I deliver pizzas."
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
My dad bought my mom a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it.
"Oh....that," said my dad, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet."
"Gee, how come?" I asked.
"Well..." he answered, "because with a clarinet, she can't sing...."
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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