I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is that “single string” that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me. ~ Charles R. Swindoll
My attitude is healthy most of the time. When it’s not well it kills my spirit and my progress. It’s a guarantee that I’ll turn into a screaming banshee when my attitude is on the rocks. I can become cocky, defensive, angry, fearful, a know-it-all, disagreeable, impolite, dissatisfied, surly or sullen. I can play the passive aggressive game, the hard hearted game or rant and rave. There are dozens of ways I can manifest that Bad Attitude and itwill always cripple me until I get a grip on it and change direction.
One thing I’ve learned is when I am not in good spiritual condition I tend to get a case of Bad Attitude. It may not happen right away but it will crop up sooner than later. This usually starts when I’m Too Busy to spend a few minutes with my GOD in morning meditation, prayer or reflection. After a few days of Too Busy I will neglect my quiet time for a while longer; usually just long enough to get into a lovely upheaval of emotional pain. I may start blaming other people or other things for my imbalance. The mayhem I’ve created can only be cured by affirmative action on my part and only I have the power to choose when this cure starts. Since I can recognize, as well as feel, the lousy position I’ve put myself in I am able to make the choice to change, start doing what I MUST and be back on track as quickly as possible. If I have a bad case of Self Will (another topic for a post) it might take a little longer but I’ll get there. When I’ve harmed someone with my unhealthy behavior then my actions need to be addressed and apologies are in order. If I’ve only beat myself up I find it worthwhile to make those amends to me.
When I stand in love, have faith in the process and know that all is exactly the way it should be at this moment, as well as keeping a conscious contact with my GOD I am able to live in a Good Attitude. Everything is calmer and I become comfortable with life again. Time is so precious and life is so short that it’s a shame to waste any of it cultivating a Bad Attitude. If you’re struggling with your attitude I humbly suggest you look for the moves you need to take to turn it around. It’s so much easier to live, to just be, with a Good Attitude anda softer heart.