September 29

Today's quotation:

Throughout the years of your life you will face
many challenges; remember that you can climb
the highest mountain, drive through the roughest storm, soar across the bluest sky, or even sail across the roughest waters. It is only destined
by your attitude where you will end up in life.
The most important thing is don't let yourself
get lost in the crowd.

Angela Duvall

Today's Meditation:

How many times have we heard about our attitudes, and how we should "improve" them if we're going to get all that we can out of life, if we want to be happy?  I'm not sure if the question at hand is really about improvement, though--I feel that I'm deciding which attitude to bring to which situation each day of my life, and that within me are all the positive attitudes that I need to make something special of my life--as long as I choose to bring the positive attitudes to each situation in which I need them.

When I see something beautiful that I desire, then I have the choice to say to myself, "I'll never be able to achieve or attain that."  Or I can say, "Wow--that's what I want to do or have!  Now I just need to do the things I need to do to make it a reality."  The very attitude will allow me to open doors and windows that can allow me to get closer to my dreams.  Imagine that someone has just given you a beautiful new house and told you it's all yours.  You walk up to the front door and try it, but it's locked, so you sigh miserably, turn around, and walk away.  You'll never know that the back door is open, and also a few windows that you can get through.  Your attitude has defeated you, not the locked door or the house.

The "crowd" tends to see life in terms of limitations.  The people who surround us like to tell us what's not possible to do.  "You can't get in that house," they say, "because the door's locked."  And if I get lost in how they see the world, then they're right--I can't get into that house because I see the world through the lenses of their limitations.

But if I have the attitude that I'll explore possibility and potential rather than limitations and obstacles, then I will get into the house, and I will enjoy all it has to offer.

Questions to consider:

How do we tend to limit ourselves through our attitudes?

What kinds of things might you accomplish if you allow yourself to attempt them?

Are challenges bad for us or good for us?

For further thought:

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.

Earl Nightingale


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