What gives you a good life? YOU do. Yep, the type of life you live is down to you and no one else. Feeling society has the better of you? Feel the government has let you down? At the end of the day the only thing that lets you down is you; your attitude! Not only does your outlook on life affect you, it affects those around you. Heard of the domino effect? That’s your attitude. If you are grouchy then those around you grouch too. Smile and the world smiles with you.
I remember Paul’s mother came to visit a just over a year ago. I was glad when Mrs. Grouch went home. We’d told her northern Spain is quite different from the south in many ways certainly poles apart Norfolk. She’d only been here a day when she declared that she didn’t like the food, the locals didn’t eat at times that suited her and she complained the area was full of mountains! She shouted when she realised that the people here didn’t speak English as if that would make them understand. Her attitude couldn’t be swayed and it wasn’t long before Paul and I realised we didn’t want to be around someone with such a negative attitude.
What is the lesson here? It’s that we can’t all be the same. Each person (and country) is different. A positive and tolerant attitude makes the world go around. God made us all different for a reason. I am thankful I have the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds. We all have something to offer to a positive lifestyle.
What I am thankful for? Firstly, I walk with God. I am thankful for my life. Then, I have a roof over my head and food on the table. I have enough money to pay the bills; I live my life according to my income. I am thankful for Paul and then my friends. I am even thankful for my failures. The more failures I have, the more I can learn. Learning from my failures has given me all the successes I have had in my life.
Don’t be a Mr. or Mrs. Grouchy. Be a Lord or Lady Happy Attitude. Look for the good in all you have. Dig deep enough and you’ll find the goodness; it’s always there. Infect the world!