Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Positive Attitude Makes All the Difference

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I have been pondering lately why a second, third, fourth, etc. child seems to often be easier to the parent even if in reality the child is not easier. Of course a the reason we all go to is "experience." The parent is more experienced and knows better what to do. There is some truth to that, however, when I think of my children, they have all been very different. I can only think of a handful of things in the lives of Kaitlyn and McKenna that were made easier because I had already done that with Brayden.

No, I think what it is is my changed perspective. I have talked about perspective in this post: It's All About Perspective : I have shared in the past about a tantrum from one of my girls not phasing me like it did Brayden. With Brayden, I thought my sweet child was gone forever. With my girls, I understood tantrums were a normal part of life and didn't let it phase me.

So my experiences have taught me to have the proper perspective, and with the proper perspective, I can have a positive attitude about life. A positive attitude is really a powerful thing. Psychologist and philosopher William James wrote, "The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspect of their minds" (A Toolbox for Humanity page 127--quoted in Living the Abundant Life). 

We get to choose our attitude each day. Yes, circumstances can make that harder or to do, but despite what is going on around us, we can choose to look on the positive side and have a positive outlook in our situations. 

We can't control the wind, but we can adjust our sails. How true it is. All the grumbling in the world about the direction, force, or temperature of the wind won't get us anywhere, but adjusting our sails to work with the wind will get us to where we want to go. 


aaron&yuka said...

like it!

jbacon said...

Wow! As I am struggling with the newborn stage for the second time, this is exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you for posting it!

Satin Covey said...

I read your posts every morning as an addition to my Bible time. Thank you for helping my day get started on the right foot. This post is a good reminder to keep joy in my day.

Plowmanators said...

You are all welcome! Jbacon, I need to remember to read it when I have a newborn next summer :)


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