If there’s one major thing we can control in life, it’s our attitude. Lots of things happen to us – good and bad. Life can feel overwhelming and out of control.
I used to think that having a good attitude meant you had to go around being all perky all the time, kind of like a cheerleader or something. Frankly, most of the time I don’t have that kind of energy. It’s not me. And I can’t muster up that much excitement when I’m having a bad day anyway.
However, it’s not about being someone you are not. More often it’s about choosing not to be grumpy when something bad happens – like when your kid doesn’t listen for the fiftieth time that day, you lose your car keys or a friend lets you down. Or maybe it’s something bigger. Maybe we go around with a general lousy attitude because we weren’t born with a pretty face or money or a nice figure.
The truth is that everyone can find things to be unhappy about. We can really make ourselves miserable if we try hard enough. Or, like the April showers that bring May flowers (I almost used that for “A” today), we can let the rains of life allow us to grow and blossom into a better person than we would have been without them. It’s really up to us.