February 15

Today's quotation:

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.  Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.

Katherine Mansfield

Today's Meditation:

How easy it is to maintain our same attitudes simply because we've spent a lot of time developing them.  But who were our teachers?  How accurate are our attitudes towards life, and are they helping us or hurting us?  Someone who has what we call a "negative attitude" because of things that happened early in life is going to experience a great deal of negativity in life because that's what he or she brings to the table; on the other hand, the person who sees the world in positive ways is going to have many more positive experiences because of the way he or she looks at the world.  

Our attitudes are changeable.  I used to look at setbacks as being terrible; I now see them as learning experiences that have something to teach me.  I used to have high expectations of others; I now realize that my expectations tended to be a bit unrealistic, and I'm much more accepting of others who might not have met my earlier expectations.  That doesn't mean that I let people walk all over me--accepting people for what they are isn't a weakness, and it's not "settling"--it's simply realizing that I can have much more positive interactions with them if I'm not judging them and finding them somehow lacking.

My attitude towards life is my choice, and if my life isn't turning out the ways I want it to, then the best place for me to start trying to make change is by trying to change the attitude I bring to the world.  As we grow up we tend to develop our attitudes as responses to the world; now that we're older, though, we can decide what attitude we want to show to the world, and make them truly ours.

Positive or negative?  Giving or taking?  Loving or judgmental?  The attitudes we choose to live with are the attitudes that will shape the rest of our lives--starting with this moment.

Questions to consider:

Are the attitudes you bring to the world positive or negative?  Are they constructive or destructive?

How might you go about changing attitudes that are harming you--and making those changes last?

Why is it so easy to stick with attitudes that aren't helping us at all in our lives?
For further thought:

People's rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends upon their  attitude. . . a person's attitude will create the situation he or she imagines.

James Allen

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