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I am choosing happiness

Monday, March 03, 2014

I will give you a little back ground on myself. I am a caregiver to my husband who has Dementia. It is a terrible disease of which I am learning just how ugly it can be. Not because of my husband because he is still in the early stages but just by trying to read and learn about it as I go along.

I am not having a lot of difficult days. Most days are very nice but I know I can choose my attitude. I can wake up thinking, " Oh, what will I face today " with a very apprehensive attitude before the day begins. OR I can wake up and say " I will meet all challenges today" with a smile. I have that choice.

Now, some days , I do "fake it til I make it". But isn`t that what controls our attitude? It is a personal decision to make a negative situation into a positive situation.

I don`t have friends that are negative. I learned years ago, that this type of friend brings clouds around me. I don`t need that. I want to feel uplifted.

I try to be someone who is upbeat and positive. I want someone to feel that when they are around me ...they are happy to be around me and want to be around me. I want them to have a good memory of when we visited.

Have you ever been around someone who complains about everything? It isn`t pleasant , is it? Think about that the next time you want to complain .

My new mantra is "Today, I choose happiness."....each and every day.

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    Callie that's a beautifully written blog and perfectly echoes my sentiments….expect the unexpected but still choose to be happy!!!!

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    1451 days ago
    Sweet picture!!! I love it.

    Fantastic blog also and a great reminder for all of us. I know it is very draining to be around someone who is always down.

    I also know that there are many who really struggle with depression and to just tell them to look up and choose to be happy does not work well for them. The challenge for me is to be able to minister to them in a way that is helpful and honoring to God and yet keep a joyous countenance.

    I agree .... let the SON shine in!

    Blessings to you Callie. I love your attitude and your bright cheery smile!
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    1451 days ago
    Callie you are definitely positive and upbeat! That is a great picture of you and your husband!

    I just answered your SparkMail and forgot to answer your last question. No, we were never blessed with children, but we do have 22 niece/nephews, 13 great niece/nephes and now 2 great great nieces. I will be alive long enough to have a triple great someday!

    Like you, I am learning more about dementia and alzheimers daily and count myself as blessed to be able to learn ahead of time and be prepared for it.

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    1452 days ago
    The journey of life is never a perfectly straight road--- so your attitude, Callie, is the only one that makes sense! I want to be around happy, positive people, ---not the kind who are grouches. I grew up in a negative home where the environment was miserable. This memory remains my lesson for cheerfulness... (smile)
    Callie, the picture of you and your husband is truly beautiful... Bless you both!
    1452 days ago
    Choosing to be upbeat and happy has been a personal goal of mine and I thank you for re-reminding me this morning. As I head off for work, I am going to open myself up to the possibilities this day will bring to me.Thank you.
    1452 days ago
    bless you
    1452 days ago
    what a wonderful blog! thank you for sharing...we need more positive people in the world
    1452 days ago
    Yay for choosing happiness. You have some big challenges ahead, so who needs negativity!
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