Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Changing my Attitude

My oldest son broke his foot last weekend and two of my other boys are really sick. Usually my oldest is my greatest helper, so without him I've been running ragged and not very happy about it. Last night I got everybody to bed and opened Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans. The people in this book have just been through horrific things, the girl in this excerpt was severely abused and shuffled through foster care. See if this doesn't inspire you to appreciate life. "I heard someone say, 'There's no problem so big that whining won't make it worse.'" I laughed. "The way I see it," she said, "everyone has problems. It's how you choose to deal with them. Some people choose to be whiners, some choose to be winners. Some choose to be victims, some choose to be victors." I put my hand on her shoulder. "You're the type who thinks of the glass as being half full instead of half empty." "No," she said, "I"m just grateful for the glass." I read that to my 12yo and we both sat and thought for awhile. The I opened The Ensign and found this suggestion by President Thomas S. Monson to Elder Carl B. Cook, "It is better to look up." It hit me that I've been looking down, dealing with the drudgery of sickness and sadness and not turning to the Lord to help me through my trials. Because I truly believe that He cares about us through every trial, big or small. How do you keep a positive attitude and keep looking up?

2 comments:

  1. It's hard. I read a quote that you don't have faith is you question things that happen. Faith is trusting without question. I try to keep that in mind :)

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