Friday, April 8, 2016

Choose gratitude & joy

While there is much in life that we cannot control, we can manage our attitudes and our level of acceptance of what comes our way. And it's so worth doing.

Life is what you make it. It can be what you want it to be. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that we get everything we want in life. I don't mean that everything is perfect and all that we dreamed it would be. But I do believe that what we make of what we have is the difference between misery and joy.

I confess that my life hasn't turned out anything like what I had imagined as a young girl growing up on an Iowa farm. Things have happened to me that have brought pain and sadness. However, I've also experienced things that I never dreamed could be part of my life. And through it all—the good and the bad—I've been transformed. As a result, my life is far richer than I might have imagined. And, honestly, I'm thankful for it all. I would not have grown in the ways I have without some of the more difficult experiences. I might not have met those who enrich my life today.

Is it time for you to do an attitude shift? To change your perspective? To be grateful for all the parts of your life, even those you didn't want? See whether you need to make some changes today so you can welcome gratitude and joy to be part of your daily life.

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