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Monday, September 13, 2010

Choose your attitude

When one of my kids gets up on the wrong side of the bed and comes downstairs all grumbly and crabby, I'm known to say "You can choose your attitude."

When they come home from school with scowly faces because the backpack is weighed down with homework, which somehow translates into snapping at everyone around them, I pull out the old "choose your attitude."

When there was not enough playing time on the football field or I won't take them to buy new Legos or teenage hormones are running amok, it's time for "choose your attitude."

So today, I'm going to take a dose of my own medicine. We overslept. Laundry has taken over the house. My headache is creeping back in. And I should be on my way to work instead of blogging in my pajamas. Any one of those things could set the stage for biting sarcasm, irritable retorts or downright mean-spiritedness. But today, I'm going to choose an attitude of gratefulness and good cheer.

The kids still got to school on time. The abundance of laundry is a reminder of how fortunate we are. There are people facing much worse things than a headache. And I have a job to go to.

It seems lately that my default setting has been set on "snarky." Not today. Today I'm going to think before I speak. Will what I'm going to say add unnecessary negativity to the world around me? If so, I'll keep my mouth shut (or, in the case of Facebook, my fingers still).

I can't promise or even hope to be perfect in my pursuit of positivity. But I can -- and will -- try.

What attitude do you choose today?


Eternal Lizdom said...

Love this post, Amy. It's so, so true. I'm going to join you on your positive attitude dedication today!

Momza said...

I'm right there with you.
The beauty of Fall assuages my moods with it's different light and tones and I find myself defenseless. My mood has followed suit. I am light and my tones are calm.
Man, I love fall.

Anonymous said...

Thankfully, I'm in a good mood today. Maybe I can pass it along. ;)

Fiorella said...

I love this post. I am a big fan of personal responsibility, and that includes not letting your mood or attitude be a victim of circumstances or at the control of others. Bravo!

Fiorella said...

I'm also very happy that I have resolved whatever computer issue kept me from having my witty responses to two of your recent posts put up!

Anonymous said...

I love this saying...and I'm going to borrow it and see how it fits my kiddos.

I'm not to bad at reminding myself to seek out the positive, but there is always room for improvement on which attitude I choose. ;)

Great post Amy!

Nancy said...

Love it! I did the same thing today, back to work after a week off. I could have been a total grump, but what good would that do? Instead, I pushed through it and got some of the piles done today!