Friday, January 20, 2012

One's Attitude Determines One's Altitude

There are several things swirling around in my mind today so here goes.

While stuck in traffic or stopped at a light, it's totally fun to read the bumper stickers on the car in front as well as those to the sides.

Recently, one bumper sticker really appealed to me. I wish I had written it down but the light turned green too fast.  The gist of it was "Replace feelings of fear with thoughts of hope."  Now isn't that a good one?

How many times do we feel our hearts fill with fear for no reason?  Usually the thing we are fearing hasn't even happened yet but our minds play tricks on us and we start to panic.

It's at moments like those I repeat  an old 12-Step phrase:  "Your mind is like a bad neighborhood. Don't go there."  Ha!  As soon as I steer away from that "bad neighborhood,"  things immediately get better.

Another thought I wanted to share has to do with attitude. This is a theory that has been tested to the top and it's very true.  One's attitude does, indeed, determine one's altitude.

When I wake up and give thanks for another day as well as for the day ahead, that's a good start.  Anticipating that the BEST is going to happen somehow miraculously makes it come true.  The day almost always turns out good.

Then, I give thanks again before going to bed that night. An "attitude of gratitude" truly enhances sleep at night and joy in the morning.

Last but not least, there are times when I absolutely have to have a change of scene from the place where we live. It just does a body good to see different surroundings, especially in winter.

Yesterday, I went shopping in New York with two of my sisters and we had SO much fun. But I'll save that for another post. Don't want you to get bored by making this post too long.



Anonymous said...

Good Morning my friend!
Nice post - and I like the saying; One's Attitude determines One's altitude! There's a lot of truth in that. Our life is ruled by our thoughts and if we can keep a positive attitude [for example] that makes a huge difference. But it's hard to stay positive at all times though, I am practicing every day :) Have a lovely Saturday! I bet you had a nice time shopping in New York!

PS very nice pictures!

Bookie said...

Such a postive and uplifting post to start my day. Thanks!

Leann said...

Hi Susan you always make me stop and think...I don't remember an bumper stickers that are worth repeating.

Glad that you had a great time with your sis's.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

J. Beaudet said...

What a great post! I needed it! Thank you for your nice comments about my art! I'm off to find your post about the storybook dolls (I caught a glimpse of it)Take care! Jenniferxx

Chatty Crone said...

The gist of it was "Replace feelings of fear with thoughts of hope." - I love that. I see bumper stickers but I forget them - sandie

diane stetson said...

I don't usually read them...too busy looking at the traffic. ..but over my license plate it reads "Dreamworks" I love that one.

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