Ain’t that the truth?! I try, I really, really do try, to make a conscious effort to have an optimistically positive attitude. But man, there are times, days, situations, or events, where my attitude is, shall I say, negative, crappy, maybe even a bit pessimistic?.
This past week is the perfect example of how a change in my attitude changed my entire perspective.
My week started with the sun shining, I was feeling happy, grateful, and ready to tackle the week ahead! (I know, way to happy for a Monday:). Content, I was feeling content. By Monday evening after a series of unfortunate events, my attitude had done a complete 180 degree turn. I was experiencing a poor me attitude. Mind you these ‘unfortunate events’ were not life threatening nor earth shattering. Just slight detours in day to day living, vinets so to speak. And if I am being 100% honest (which is the main objective of this blog), I was responsible for the biggest ‘hiccups’ that caused the distress. But it was sooooo much easier to blame something or someone else. It was soooooo much simplier to say ‘but poor me, no body has it as bad as I and no body can possibly understand what I am going through’. At the time it felt so much easier to sit in my own ‘muck’ and complain and wallow in self pity and doubt, than to say ‘ you know what, yes this sucks right now, but it doesn’t have to be this way. What can I do to change it?
I took a moment to step back, and reflect at all I have and how much I have to be grateful for. I was reminded how there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for! Most of the week I spent wallowing in self pity and wasn’t feeling the least bit grateful, which resulted in a shitty attitude. I did get over myself, but not until I had cried it out….more than once;). I made a plan, executed that plan, and guess what?, everything came out ok :). I even learned a lesson or two. But the best part is that I stayed sober, my recovery fully intact. Picking up a drink after my bad day(s) didn’t even cross my mind…now that is a miracle, that is a change in attitude!
Today I was able chuckle at myself while sharing my escapades at an aa meeting. I don’t think, no I know, I wouldn’t be able to laugh at myself, let alone share my misteps with others a few years ago. I was to sick, way to wrapped up in selfishness and self pity, and topped off with a poor attitude. I don’t expect myself to be happy go lucky Katie all the time, that’s ridiculous! Not too mention completely delusional. What is acceptable is to have an attitude of gratitude every day, those days will carry me through the bad ones. Because in the end, life is too short for a bad attitude. ❤✌:)
Attitude By Charles Swidoll
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, 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 home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in 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.