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WANT A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE?

Believe it or not, all it takes is a slight change of perspective.

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Most of us tend to blame our attitude on our circumstances when it’s actually our perspective on our circumstances that’s most responsible for our attitude. Have you not ever thought it curious how two people in very similar situations can have two completely different outlooks on life? Some people, no matter their situation, take the view that things could always be better. This hinders them from appreciating how good things actually are. Others, whatever their particular lot in life, view their position from the perspective that things could always be worse. This gracious realism allows them to appreciate the not-so-bad parts of their circumstances. It’s a subtle shift in perspective that makes all the difference.

On my best days I’ll sometimes approach life from this perspective and am never ceased to be amazed at the difference it makes in my attitude. For example:

  • When I find myself getting consumed with thoughts of home improvements, I’ll sometimes pause and think, “Just suppose I had a one bedroom house with a dirt floor like they do in many third world countries.”
  • When I find myself getting consumed with negative thoughts about the money I pay for health insurance, I’ll sometimes pause and think, “Just suppose I had thousands of dollars worth of medical bills and no insurance.”
  • When I find myself getting stressed about giving so much money to the IRS each year, I’ll sometimes pause and think, “Just suppose I didn’t have a job.”
  • When I find myself getting worked up about minor inconveniences I’ll sometimes pause and think, “Just suppose Heather, Haven, Pierce, or I had a major, life threatening health problem.”

It’s interesting what happens when I allow myself to consider these less desirable scenarios. The result is that I invariably become more thankful for my blessings and more aware of what’s really important in life. I realize that while my situation in life could perhaps be better than it is, my situation in life could certainly be worse than it is. And for whatever reason, with this realization comes an improvement in my perspective and my attitude.

Perhaps we’d do ourselves a favor if, the next time we begin to bemoan our present circumstances, we’d pause long enough to recall this simple, perspective-altering, attitude-improving phrase: things could always be worse.

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  1. t greer
    November 3, 2009 at 11:13 am

    this is so true. it is just like the attitude poem by charles swindoll that my mom kept posted around her everywhere! now my whole family knows that saying and we try to live by it!

  2. November 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    What an excellent blog. I hope all is going well for you in Henderson.

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