"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things." -Philippians 4:8

October is National Positive Attitude Month. For me, so is every other month that has one or more Wednesdays in it. I'm all about the optimism. Want a happier life? It's up to you. Work on a new and improved attitude...

JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE - It's natural to be pessimistic when everything seems pointless. You've gotta know what you're doing, where you're going and, if God has shown you, how you're getting there and why. (Sometimes He keeps the how and why to Himself to increase our faith. It makes the journey more interesting.) Knowing that every job is all a part of God's on-the-job training program, you can put a positive spin on even the most mundane task. Even if you don't know what the purpose is, you can know there is one and that results in a more positive approach no matter what's on the To-Do List today.

FIND THE HUMOR - So...You dropped your phone in the toilet, you dropped the toast on the newly mopped floor..jelly-side down, and your jaw dropped to the floor when you found your child and your dog both covered in syrup, flour, and cheerios while your precious little girl has glued fidget spinners to the antique coffee table. And it's only 7:35 a.m.. Breathe. Go on and laugh. Who knows...maybe you'll write a blog about it one day.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES -
If you're like me, you're going 90 miles an hour on 2 wheels trying to take care of the family, work, church life, home, etc. We block out time for everything and everyone. Be sure you're blocking out time for yourself and breathe in some beauty along the way. There are times when negativity comes naturally and a good attitude takes a little energy. If you don't regroup and reenergize on a regular basis, you won't have the strength for the task of positivity.

IN ALL THINGS, GRATITUDE - This is the big one. Once you begin speaking out loud the things you have to be thankful for, blessings will be all you'll see. Gratitude feeds on itself just like negativity spawns more negativity. Begin to list everything in your life that you're grateful for. Gratitude is contagious, too. Set your joy thermostat by turning up the gratitude. You'll change your thinking and your atmosphere. Start now... Father, Thank You for _____

Remember: You are not a bystander, an onlooker. This is the life God gave you. You have the power to choose your attitude. Enjoy!



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