The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.– William James
The simplicity of this quote is truth. I don’t assign it any magical or spiritual meaning, and yet it retains its value.
It is simple and direct. It is practical.
I changed my entire life by changing my attitude.
I grew up with difficulty and unfairness, and for a long time, my attitude was to look at everything through the lens of difficulty and unfairness. But the problem is that when you expect something, you often create it.
Again, not magical. But if you’re always looking to be offended, you will find something to be offended about. If you’re always looking to be outraged, you will find news stories to get outraged about.
It is that simple.
When you expect something, you look for it– and you find it.
So why not shift your attitude to expect joy? Love? Miracles? Why not approach life with an uplifted spirit, a positive mind, an open heart?
I’ve been happy in traffic, I’ve been happy waiting in line. I’ve been content with a flight delay, and content in immense upper back pain. I’ve been optimistic in uncertain times, and trusting of God’s love.
My attitude has changed so much, I’ve been okay with being sad before.
The only difference between a tragedy and an opportunity can be attitude.
Though I’m not always optimistic or highly positive, because that’s impossible, I do enjoy a general uplifting and accepting attitude. And I’m confident that it will take me through good times and bad.