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August Log, Blog and Salad Challenge - Day 12

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's been one heck of a busy day. It's after midnight, and I'm tired. I almost chose to skip some of the points for today.
Nutrition and exercise are logged. Logged the challenge points. Posted 3 smileys. Finally.
It was the smileys that took me awhile because I always linger and read blogs when I visit someone's page. Isn't that the whole point of the smiley exercise?

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When I read Sparker Sal2525's blog about attitiudes, it reminded me of a famous quote from Charles Swindoll.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

I love that last paragraph. Life is 10% what happens, and 90% how I react.

I learned a long time ago, in a work-related seminar, that if the results are going to be the same, why make it stressful by adding negative emotions? Why not make the experience as pleasant as possible? Not much fun in feeling the fear but doing it anyway...at least, until it's over.
The speaker conducting the day-long seminar had us doing the craziest things IN PUBLIC before that seminar was over. Even people who were adverse to public speaking were flying around the room doing all kinds of things, and they had fun. It was liberating and empowering.

When Spark buddy Mary and I tried to fast from negativity for one month, I realized the key was in my perspective. There are many things in life that I can't change, but I could change how I viewed them. Perspective is a choice.

Sometimes when I'm going through the very worst times, I realize the change is inside me. Maybe nothing has changed from one day to the next. It's my knowledge of what's happening that has changed. I was blissfully ignorant before. Now I know. And that is where the pain lies.

Our lives can change in a heartbeat, and there's no turning back time. But we can work on our perspective and attitude. Therein lies happiness or at least peace...but that is a discussion for another day.

Attitude is everything...or maybe 90% of it.
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  • SAL2525
    Annie that is an awesome blog. Right on the money in my book. That is just so true! Thanks so much for sharing that with us! Hugs Sal emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3765 days ago
    You make some great points. I've been having a bad week and last night my blog was reaching for a fantastic Friday ! I'm doing better and you are right it was in my attitude to get it done!

    A emoticon for good measure!
    3765 days ago
  • MREE777
    Amen Annie!

    I realized a long time ago (after much counseling) that I cannot and do not control ANYTHING except my own actions and reactions. When you finally get this ingrained into your thinking (which takes constant practice), it's very freeing.

    It's not about happiness, it's about holiness.
    It's not about good health, it's about glorifying God.
    3765 days ago
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