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Six Sentences From Atop My Soapbox

 ~ATTITUDE~
Does Yours Need Adjusting?
 
It is said that we are about as happy as we make up our minds to be, and I think there's some truth in that.  It isn't that life is always fun or easy, at times it's pretty hard; what matters is how we deal with it.  Do we allow ourselves to become victims and wallow in self-pity, or do we persevere and find a way to not only survive, but thrive?  Sometimes there isn't a way to change what is occurring in our lives or how people are behaving, but there is always a way to deal with it that won't disturb our inner peace. 
 
We can spend our time anticipating something good, or expecting something bad; we can count our blessings or our burdens.  It all depends on where we want to focus our energy, and what we want to attract more of in our lives.
 
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25 comments:

  1. Thank you for a good piece of advice, Josie.

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    1. Thank you for being my first A-Z visitor, Romi! :-) This is advice that I have to remind myself of every day, not to let things get me down, but to focus on the positives, and to always, always count my blessings!

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  2. How right this is. It is so important for children to understand that there will be times in their lives which will not always be perfect and that things will not work out right. How we cope with the problems makes us better people.

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    1. You are right Old Egg, life is not always rosey, children need to be taught coping skills, and the ability to accept change when it is necessary.

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  3. Great Kick Off Josie! Have fun with the A to Z! I look forward to the six sentence format!!!! One of my favs!

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    1. Thanks Zoe, I'm excited about the A to Z, this is going to be a fun and very busy month! I'm challenging myself with the six sentence limit, it will be a good way to improve my writing skills. :-)

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  4. An excellent post in its own right, and a great combo of a six sentence story with an A to Z theme!

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    1. Thanks Mimi, attitude is something I have to work on every day. I frequently remind myself that in the big picture of life everything is ok and the small things will work out eventually. :-)

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  5. My 7-year-old granddaughter told me a few days ago about an incident in which she was frustrated by something that happened to her. Then she said, "But that's life" and turned her attention to something else. I mentally clapped my hands - she's getting it. Things happen. You deal with them. I'm glad you chose Attitude for your first day when we probably have many readers - that message is so very important to one's contentment. Loved your graphic A. See you tomorrow!

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    1. What a wonderful granddaughter you must have! All children need this understanding, it would indeed make for much happier adults. Stuff happens, we get over it and we get on with it!

      I'm glad you liked my choice of alphabet fonts for my A-Z posts this year... I love all things purple! :-)

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    1. Hi Terri! I love this quote too... we tend to make problems much bigger than they have to be by our refusal to look at them from different perspectives.

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  7. Well-written and very relevant! Thanx for posting this! I adjusted mine last night -- after my BRO finally called me! Can you believe it?! Posting on my A-Z ;) xoxo Law of Attraction totally.

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    1. Thank you Ruby! For me, it's an ongoing daily thing, redirecting my grumbles and focusing on the many, many blessings that I have. It is amazing that your brother called yesterday after we just talked about that on your blog, I can't wait to read more about the conversation.

      Yes, I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, I've seen life play out that way so many times!

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  8. I agree--attitude is so important. I was once told that I'd be in a wheelchair by 23 years old. I could have accepted it as my fate, but instead I fought back by learning muay thai kickboxing. Now I'm stronger and healthier than ever before. Best decision I ever made!

    Great post. Interested and intrigued to see what your "Z" will be.

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    1. Wow, Holli! You are living proof that our thoughts do indeed affect the outcome of our lives. You were determined not to accept the dire pronouncement that was handed to you, and look what's you've accomplished! This sounds like a definite book in the making, and I hope it is! :-)

      I do have a word in mind for Z, unless something else pops into my head by the time we get there! I always plan to do a bit of post drafting ahead of time, but it never really happens, that's why I'm keeping my posts short... it will give me more time to read some new blogs... like yours!

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  9. So true. Attitude makes a big difference in life. If I had figured this out sooner I would have had a happy life years earlier.

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    1. That is true of me also, Patricia. We grow up believing that happiness is some illusive thing that we must discover or attain, when the reality is that we have it's makings within us, and have had since the very beginning.

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  10. Gosh, this is so very true. Truly, we make up our minds how we will respond to situations and the book I am reading is REALLY blowing my socks off at the mind/body connection and how our thoughts/attitudes impact health!

    Great post!

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    1. That sounds like an awesome book, Carrie! I think it's clear that we give our minds and our ability to adjust our attitudes far too little credit when it comes to the power they have to alter our lives!

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  11. It is all about attitude isn't it? Well presented A.

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  12. Some of the best advice I ever got came from a book written in the 50s. It was a book about being successful with a title that escapes me at the moment but it taught me 2 things. First, if you walk around smiling, you'll feel happier. Sounds goofy but it works. Second, hanging out with negative people will make you more negative.

    Life happens but you're exactly right, how we deal with it determines how it impacts us. If you sit around sulking, especially in a group of sulkers, it's going to seem worse. Attitude is a large part of our happiness.

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  13. Sounds like a good approach to attitude.

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  14. Here's mine! ;o)

    http://www.thewowsandoopsoflife.com/2014/04/01/if-plan-a-didnt-work-there-are-25-more-letters-in-the-alphabet/

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  15. Josie! how nice to see you on A-Z! You are spot on when it comes to attitude. I'd rather see the bright side any day than look for gloom. Cheers honey!

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