“Your attitude is a choice you make.” I have this quote, and many others like it, in a little book I’ve been keeping since 1991. I write messages to myself that remind me to stay positive, to be grateful and appreciative, to work hard, and to have faith. Here are some of my favorite lines that keep me going:
“Life is either a challenge, or nothing at all.” ~Helen Keller
“Happiness is not something owed you. Nobody is handed joy on a silver platter. Instead you make your own happiness, knowing it is an attitude, a habit gained from daily practice.” ~Denis Waitley
“Positive attitudes are like nourishment to the body and soul. The right attitude can carry you through the worst days.” ~Unknown
“Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” ~Albert Einstein
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10
The beginning of the school year is often a time when we turn over a new leaf or start with a blank slate. Those idioms mean that we make a fresh start to do things right, to the best of our abilities. This isn’t always easy though. By the time we hit week four, which is where we are now, the routine has become, well, routine. It’s already getting tough to get out of bed on time, to do our homework before watching t.v. or playing Xbox, to exercise after school, to be kind to the kids who annoy us.
Think of Odysseus, lost at sea for ten years after already fighting in the Trojan War for nearly 10 years. Think of all the difficulties he faced at war, at sea, and even when returning home to Ithaca. What kept him going?
How can we stay positive when the going gets tough?
In addition to my book of quotes, I can think of twenty-five things that make me happy, that keep me going when I’m starting to sink.
25 Things That Make Me Happy on PhotoPeach (click on link rather than on slide show in order to hear music…little technical difficulty with music)
Generally speaking, it’s hard to make others happy when you’re stuck in a rut yourself; that’s one reason why it’s important to choose to have a good attitude. It’s like the oxygen mask on the airplane; you have to put the mask on yourself first before you can help others with their masks.
So think about it……
What keeps you going?
(Purple makes me happy, too!) (So does peppy music and the tv show Drake and Josh where the song came from. I love that show. It’s so funny!)