I don’t know about where you are but here in the North East USA it is a beautiful day! Humid, warm… with thunderstorms forecast for later on!!!!!!! I want to enjoy it but it will be a very hard task. The depression is pretty overpowering today. It feels like I’m surrounded by this sludgy goo and trying to function somewhat through it. Ugh. This really sucks… which brings me to today… Attitudes. I am thinking about attitudes today because of the reading at one of the last few Community Meetings. I’ll share it with you…
“For this is wisdom; to live, to take what fate or the Gods, may give.” ~ Laurence Hope
We can’t control the events of our lives, but we do have mastery over our attitudes. The chances will be many, today, to react negatively or positively to circumstances we find ourselves in. We can consider that each circumstance has something special in it for us.
Positive expectations regarding the planned as well as spontaneous activities of the day will influence the activities flow, our involvement with it, and our interactions with the other people involved. A positive attitude seems to breed positive experiences. In other words, we attract into our lives that which we expect. How often do we get up angry, feeling behind when the day has only begun, short-tempered with our children, “ready” for a tough one at work? And we generally find it.
The Serenity Prayer offers us all the knowledge, all the wisdom we’ll ever need. We can accept what has to be, change what we can, and not get confused between the two. We can inventory our attitude. Are we taking charge of it? Our attitude is something we can change.
I will say that the comment “we attract into our lives that which we expect.” is bull shit. IMHO. I’ve not been the negative one. As a matter of fact my own son shakes his head at my positivity even in the most dire circumstance. There is only one place where I will admit that he is right and that has to do with a personal family matter. It tears me up inside that he is right on point with that issue. Anyway… the reason I mention it like that is, no one needs to see my laundry and it really doesn’t bring anything to the table. So, attitudes sometimes need to be changed, yes, and it is not an easy task at times. I’m not sure if you know that the Serenity Prayer is not just the few lines you hear recited. It is an entire cry out to The Universe, God, Goddess, Love, Light, whatever you choose to call your Higher Power for strength and acceptance. It’s all in the attitude!
Here it is:
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
I’ll leave off here… Until next time…
Diana (June 14, 2015)