Sometimes it seems like the ground may be slipping out from under you...and other days it may seem like heaven has opened its windows on earth, even for a short while!
~Some days it may seem laughs all around~
~Well, on others you may feel you're hanging on for dear life!!!~
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden
It can be such an easily overlooked aspect of life...and yet, it can have the power& potential to:
-de-rail our best plans
-cause us to lose our motivation
-totally deflate our courage in any given situation
IF it is not focused properly. If our lens, so to speak, is cloudy & blurry it WILL affect our day to day decision making and prioritizing.
On the other hand, it can also:
-build us up
-cause to push past any major obstacles in life
-help us jump over hurtles that perhaps most others would not
IF it comes from a correct focus, our lives will definitely reap the benefits!
For me the issue has been a personal one lately...
I am about 8 months pregnant. With our fifth child. And homeschooling. And running my own biz. And leading a small group at our church. And. And. And.
In the last trimester of this pregnancy I have felt the effects of getting a bit, um, 'older' shall we say. This pregnancy has been, to be blunt, 'rough'. Way 'rougher' than any of the others, particularly on my body.
Let me first say: I am so thankful for the life of this child! I am SO thankful God has blessed us with another. However, it has been a journey where I have many, many times lost my perspective.
Up late at night, crying due to physical pain or sickness...and wishing that I could just deliver the baby.
Homeschooling a child, helping them with a tough math problem, feeling like the room was spinning around me... and again, just wanting to go to bed!
I know many of you have already been there, in some capacity or another...so you can relate. Some of your circumstances make mine look like simple, minor annoyances...to which I would agree.
In the last few weeks I picked up a book by famed author, and leadership mentor to thousands, John C. Maxwell. Great read entitled "Today Matters"
One of the first chapters I read was on attitude...and as I was forced to confront some of my poor attitudes, I realized how it had led to losing my generally good perspective.
Here are a few of my fav quotes from the book that I believe will inspire you:
"All things being equal, attitude wins. All things not being equal, attitude sometimes still wins." ~ John C. Maxwell
"Hope is the only antidote to fear." ~Lance Armstrong
"The thoughts in your mind will always be more important than the things in your life." ~ John C. Maxwell
And you know what? After I began to focus on my attitude, regardless of my current circumstances (whether it be the sickness, discomfort or whatever) I began to dust off the lens of my perspective. It hasn't been easy, or perfect by any stretch, but it certainly has been a great help!
I truly have become a believer that attitude affects quite a lot of our outcomes in life. Not all, but quite a lot.
~Wherever you are today; whatever you may be facing; choose to focus on your perspective and watch what blessings may unfold in your life.~