March 9


Today's Quotation:

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

John Homer Miller

Today's Meditation:

Attitude.  What an important topic it is, and how difficult it can be to keep it foremost in our minds.  What kind of attitude are we giving to the world each day?  What is our attitude telling other people about the way that we see life and living, and even them?  How are people supposed to respond to our attitudes?  Often, their responses tell us that they may not see the same attitude that we think we're sharing.

People see our true attitudes towards life when we face trials and adversity.  That's when the "show" that many people put on is put aside, and that person's true attitude shines through, for good or for bad.  And when that happens, we often see that the true attitude very often has caused the very problems that have brought it out for the world to see.

What many people don't realize is that we can change our attitudes towards life.  It takes some work, but it can be done.  The more we accept other people and their faults and quirks, the less judgmental we become.  The more we decide to share the goodness that's within us, the less selfish we become, and the less likely we are to hoard or hang on to material things.  The more we learn about other people's emotional or physical problems, the more understanding and compassionate we become.

Your attitude is one of your gifts to the world, all day, every day.  What kind of gift do you give?  And is it a gift that remains steady no matter what happens to you?

Questions to ponder:

1.  Why is it easier to blame our feelings on things that "happen to us" rather than on our own contribution to what has happened?

2.  What would life be like if your attitude was one of complete acceptance and compassion?

3.  What definite steps can you take to refine or reshape your attitude about a certain topic or idea?  About life in general?

For further thought:

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

Charles Swindoll

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