A lot of things fascinate me. I guess I’m easily fascinated. And amused. I laugh often and easily, and sometimes at inappropriate times. I can’t help it, really, life and the livers of it simply amuse me.
One of the aspects of life that fascinates me the most is people’s attitudes. You can take two individuals – living under the same situations, same conditions, and sometimes even the same roof – and they’ll often have two completely different attitudes about life. One will think life is a wonderful long party – one that requires all the dancing, singing, and merriment that you can muster. They’ll see the hope in even the most dire circumstances, a rainbow at the end of every storm, and reason to smile when others think they’re whacko for doing so. The next person will think of life as a long work day – one that needs to be plowed through like Sherman plowed through the south. They’ll resent others who aren’t plowing along beside them and secretly wish the dancers would fall into a pit. A deep pit. (What these people don’t realize is that even if we did fall into such a pit, we’d just party on. Heck, it’d be a funner party than ever without the plowers!)
Attitudes. They determine so much, yet we tend to overlook and neglect them. Bad on us.
I just finished an outstanding book, 101 Exercises for the Soul: Simple Practices for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel. In the book, Dr. Siegel offers 101 exercises that can, honestly, help transform your life. He starts off with a bang in precisely the right place – with our attitude.
…if your attitude is negative and your mind is filled with worry and fear, it takes its toll on your body, mind, and spirit. In fact, by spending all your time creating a vision of an unhappy future, you help create that future. Remember, your thoughts guide your decisions, and negative thoughts lead to negative decisions. Nothing is solved by visualizing the worst outcome, but much can be accomplished when you desire and intend to achieve the best possible result. Optimists may not be more accurate about life – whether interpreting the past or predicting the future – but they live longer than pessimists. pages 5-6, 101 Exercises for the Soul: Simple Practices for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel
I believe this is why it’s so important to believe in yourself, your dreams, and your prayers. When you have the right attitude – a positive one – you’ll keep doing everything in your power to make your dreams come true. You’ll keep praying, keep believing, and your soul will lie its head on a pillow of Faith and cover up with a blanket of Hope.
However, when your attitude is negative and pessimistic, you’ll all but give up. No one ever wins ANYTHING by giving up. Nowhere worth going – that’s where a negative attitude will take you, dump you, and leave you.
I highly recommend clicking the following link and reading more about this wonderful book: 101 Exercises for the Soul: Simple Practices for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel.
It’s a very, very special book. Grab a copy, then sit down to transform your life. Be sure to have a pen and paper handy for exercises. You’ll really get in touch with yourself during these exercises. You’ll find wonderful qualities you’d forgotten you had! You’ll also uncover a few rotten habits you’ve picked up along the way. Don’t fret, though – Dr. Siegel will help you cast them aside!
I’ll end with possibly my favorite passage from the book – again about attitudes and the importance of wearing the right one.
Over God’s desk there is a plaque that reads, “If you go around saying I’ve got a miserable life I’ll show you what miserable really is. And if you go around saying I’ve got a wonderful life, I’ll show you what wonderful really is.” – Dr. Bernie S. Siegel – 101 Exercises for the Soul: Simple Practices for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit