“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl
I have written about attitude and perspective before. They are two topics I love to consider because they have incredible power to guide us, often without our noticing. Very few things allow us as much control as what we choose to do with our attitude and our perspective.
I can be a grumbler, focusing on the irritants in life. In my family it has often been joked about because of my tendency to become irritated — with people, the temperature, waiting, being hungry — whatever. But typically after grumbling a bit, I get over it, realize I am focusing on something silly and move on.
The older I get and as I have learned about the impact of my attitude, I have tried to lessen the grumbling and be better about going with the flow.
Sometimes, though, grumbling about irritations can lead to feeling stuck by these circumstances. When we focus on problems, projecting blame onto external situations and always looking for something better on the other side, we are destined for discontent. That negative attitude feeds on itself and, before you know it, the problem can seem insurmountable.
I absolutely love and resonate with what Joyce Meyer says about attitude:
Most of the time, your problem is not your problem. Your attitude about your problem is the problem.
The beauty of attitude is that it is your own. You can take the opportunity to consider your problems from another perspective.
What’s going on in your life that could use a fresh attitude?
Make it a good week!