Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A big part of my life is about the choices I make: The choice to be honest with myself - or not; the choice to see the glass half full - or half empty; the choice of what goes on my dinner plate - or not on it; even the choice not to be upset when something goes awry - or to make it into a full-blown drama. I've become so conditioned to responding in a set manner that I have failed to see that my attitude toward my environment is solely mine to determine. It seems so obvious, and yet so elusive.
I decided that I could make small changes in the way I viewed life. I started with a daily affirmation. Soon, I was giving thanks for the great day ahead before I was out of bed in the morning; it set the tone for the day. When situations didn't go as hoped, I was better equipped to deal with them. And when situations did go well, they went really well.
I find myself with a new enthusiasm about the volunteer work I do as well. For a period, I had fallen into a rut, wondering if it was time to take a break. As my attitude changed, though, I began to find more joy in it again, and I added an extra volunteer day to my schedule. Now, instead of holding my breath in quiet dread as the door first opens in the morning, I smile and quietly say to myself, "Let the games begin!".