“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, is more important than the past, than education, than 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 school, a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude that we will embrace for that day.We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act 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% how I react to it. And so it is with you… We are in charge of our attitudes.” -Charles Swindoll
Two years ago I got into the habit of reflecting on my day, each night before bed. I’d often lie there and replay the whole day in my head and then pick it apart. I usually focused on what I could’ve done better, what situations bugged me and things i could’ve said.
After a year of my reflections I came to realize that almost all of the time I would spend reflecting, I’d focus on the things that went wrong each day. I rarely focused on the good things that happened. My attitude towards the day was very negative, pin pointing anything and everything that could’ve gone better in my book, which resulted in me not feeling that great about the previous day or even the next day ahead.
Come 2016 I decided to do something different..
I decided to reflect on the goodness of God in my life instead.
Sometimes, although we say and believe that God is good, we overlook His goodness in our day-to-day lives. We’re only aware of His goodness on Sundays or when we are enjoying the moment but in the days that are hard we fail to see his goodness that is still raining over us.
In the first few days of 2016 I bought myself a calendar and decided to document at least ONE thing that I was grateful for each and everyday. Some days were very easy to do but other days I had to struggle and really open my eyes to be able to see ONE good thing in the day. If you haven’t noticed It’s really hard to look for the good in rough or painful situations.
But I learned.
This was one of the best exercises that I could’ve done. Not only did it teach me to be Grateful, but it also opened my eyes to God’s goodness in every day situations. It trained my eyes to try to see good even when i didn’t feel it (& boy did I not feel it sometimes).
But it also taught me that everything depends on my attitude.
My days didn’t get better, my attitude just changed. Instead of seeing the world through eyes that said “What could I have done today to have made it suck less?” I started to view the world through eyes that said “How did I see God’s goodness today?” And that made all the difference.
Let’s be more positive, let’s open up our eyes to His goodness around us. I promise you that if you open your eyes and simply look for it, you will find it. Every. Single. Day.
I am so glad that I started My Grateful Calendar and it is a traditon that I will definetly continue this year. I encourage you to get a calendar, hang it up where you’ll see and access it easily and everyday write down atleast One good thing, one thing you’re grateful for about the day. It feels great to look back and be reminded of the all the goodness that is poured over you in a year.
Let’s adjust our visions and tweak our attitudes.
Let’s live in thanksgiving.
Let’s open our eyes to His goodness Everyday.