This has always been one of my favorite quotations and it's one that I try to live by. What it means to me is that I can't change the reality that life is a mixture of beauty, joy, danger and pain, but I can change my perspective ... my attitude, and that one change can transform everything!
The reality of our lives may result from many outside factors, none of which we can control. The only thing we can really control in this life is our own mental attitudes. We should try to remember that all we are dealing with is thoughts, and thoughts can be changed. We may not have control over our circumstances, but we do have control over our thoughts and we can choose how we will respond to the things that happen to us.
We all have unlimited choices about what we can think. The things we think become the truth for us. Our subconscious minds will accept whatever we choose to believe. There is no person, no place and no thing that has any power over us, for "we" are the only thinkers in our mind. Things seem to turn out best for those people who can make the best out of the way things turn out. It is not the situation ... it is our reactions to the situation.
I have learned that although pain is inevitable for all of us, we do have an option as to how we react to it. It's no fun to suffer ... in fact, it can be horrible! We are all going to have pain, but "misery is optional!" We all have choices. It is up to us to decide how we will react to the pain that inevitably comes to us all.
Having joy or misery all depends on how we look at or think about it. It is in how we choose to look at the circumstances. We can look for the flowers or just see the weeds. We can see the bright side or look for the clouds. How we look at life can either bring a sparkle of joy or a handful of gloom. We can be as happy as we decide to be.
Two people living in the same world, with the same set of circumstances, can experience life so differently just by the way they think. Each day can be an exciting, joyous, hopeful experience, or it can be a sorrowful, limiting, and painful one. What you see in your mind is what you get out of life.
These pages contain some poems, stories, and bits and pieces of things I've seen or heard along life's path. Some of them may touch your heart and bring tears to the eyes. They have all brought me some sort of inspiration and I just hope they may help bring some enlightenment to you also.
Most of the authors are unknown but if you know the correct source of items listed, I will appreciate hearing from you so corrections can be made and proper credit given.
"If I had to do it all over again,
I wouldn't change what I did ...
I would change the way
I felt about what I did."
"Pain is inevitable ... but misery is optional."
"Life is 10 percent of what you make it
And 90 percent of how you take it."
"You cannot climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts."
"We are all in the gutter,
But some of us are looking at the stars."
"If you don't like something, change it.
If you can't change it,
Change the way you think about it!"
"Most people are about as happy
As they make up their minds to be."
"When life throws you limes ... make Margaritas!"
"If your life resembles a garbage dump, it is up to you to sort it through. Turn over the soil and plant flowers to make use of all the natural fertilizer."
"What are you doing?" a man asked of three laborers beside a building under construction. The first man replied, "Puttin' in time until a better job comes along." The second smiled and said, "Stone-cutting." The third man waited a moment and then simply said, "I'm building a cathedral!"
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If you smile, the day will be cheery;
If you smile, the day will be bright;
If you think good thoughts, you'll be happy,
And everything will work out just right.
So don't let a frown turn you sour;
Don't let bad thoughts make you blue;
Just always remember, think positively ...
For how you feel is up to you!
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The Attitude pages were created on November 17, 1998
Last Updated on September 12, 2011