Sunday, April 28, 2013

Choosing to have a positive attitude

I've been thinking a lot about this recently. There have been many times when I've just had a sour attitude... just because I wasn't happy about something. In reality, most of the things have been just small issues/annoyances, and I let them get the best of me.

Why? I ask myself this all the time. I don't like feeling this way. I dread it actually. So why do I do it?

I am taking steps to change that and to focus on the positive. I love this quote by our prophet, President Monson... if I change the way I look at things, I can change the outer aspect of my life.

I have been given so many blessings and have nothing, absolutely nothing, to complain about.

I need to embrace that more every day. Here's the quote:

President Thomas S. Monson noted: “William James, a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher, wrote, ‘The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.’

“So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment. “Charles Swindoll—author, educator, and Christian pastor—said: ‘Attitude, to me, is more important than … the past, … than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.’

“We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude” (“Living the Abundant Life,” Ensign, Jan. 2012, 4).

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