Our attitude can make a huge difference with how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Our minds are powerful, they can make us sick, or they can make us healthy. I wanted to share this poem by Charles Swindoll because it reminded me about the importance of appreciating life in the moment. I have battled with being self-critical at different points in my life and know that it created anxiety within me. A negative attitude can influence what we do and how others see you.
Having a positive outlook improves the quality of life, lowers depression, and inspires others. Focusing energy towards being grateful can also open doors for opportunity. Other people will want to be around you and you will be able to live your life more fully. Apart of living is going through difficult times and growing from those experiences. If you struggle with your own inner dialogue, I know that you are not alone. You can change your attitude by “reprogramming” your mind and choosing to focus your perception on the good things in life, on solutions and on creating a positive environment. These steps alone will decrease anxiety and help you enjoy life more fully.
I hope you enjoy the poem below as much as I have, and I hope it reminds you to choose a strong and optimistic attitude.
“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 everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past… we cannot change the facts that people will act 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.
By Charles Swindoll