We are all unique individuals. Though we are each very different, we are still very much the same. Whatever circumsstance we find ourselves in, we react to it in very similar manners. We are compelled by our feelings. We all have the same hopes and dreams, we all experience happiness and despair, and we all want to be loved and accepted by those around us. But did you ever stop to think that your attitude determines the outcome of your circumstance? I truly believe that it does. By simply looking for the good in everything, you become grateful, you find peace, you can be thankful for even the smallest of things. This book helps you to open your eyes and your heart, allowing you to find the best in everything.
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Life is a Rainbow
This book is actually a gratitude journal I started a decade ago. I began writing everything down for which I was thankful and everything I found I was blessed with. I didn't want to take anything for granted that life had to offer me. I wanted to leave my journal for my children and my grandchildren, so they would realize just how precious life is. The book covers everything from being happy with myself to my family, my surroundings, my friends, my possessions and my God.
I wanted people to see that having a happy positive attitude could change their lives. I realize we can't be happy all the time. We will have difficult and trying times which we need to get through. But you know what? We usually always do get through them. The Bible says "This too shall pass." We will always have problems and trials, but when we go through those problems with a positive attitude; an attitude of faith knowing we have God on our side, and He promises us that nothing is impossible with Him, we know without a doubt that we will be okay. So why not keep a positive attitude. I'm a believer that you get what you say and you reap what you sow. If you sow grumblings, doubt, pessimism, and complaining, you will reap discontentedness and grief. If you sow gratefulness, thankfulness, and belief, you will reap happiness and prosperity. Life is way too short to always be complaining and unhappy. Life is what you make of it. This book will help open your eyes and make you more aware of just how precious life is. Read the book and turn your rainshowers to rainbows!
Chapter 1: Life Is Tough!
People tell you that when youre young; in preparation of adulthood. And as teenagers, we smile in amusement.
Yea, right. Nothing is as tough as being a teenager! Or so I thought. Too bad life doesn't come with an instruction manual. It would be so much easier. But it doesn't, and we muddle along doing the best we can with what we have.
I'm an avid believer that people can change their lives by changing their attitudes, so I have always tried to be optimistic and look for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Sometimes it's buried pretty deep and I have to really dig to find it, but if I open my mind and my heart, the gold will come pouring out.
I'm currently at that age in my life when I question my self-worth. Those of you baby-boomers know that age...
... Its called Middle-age?
I find myself asking: Why did God place me on this earth? What have I accomplished that has made a significant difference to someone? Have I even showed gratitude for the life I've been given? Well, so far I haven't a clue. I still havent determined where I fit in as yet. I still feel like that youthful, agile teenager, ready to take life by storm, but somehow the image that so obtrusively gazes back at me in the mirror (and those poignant comments from my own teenagers) somehow slaps me in the face with a reality check. All I know is, I tolerate that image. I try to give it a reason each morning to get out of bed. I tell myself that each day is a gift; a blessing from God. Not a right, but something that should be appreciated, enjoyed and used for His glory. My life is something for which I need to be thankful. So, in an effort to greet each day with anticipation, I have to follow my own advice and adjust my attitude; change my stinkin thinkin. I must really examine my life and alter my attitude so it leaves positive results on, not only my life, but others as well.
A well-known evangelist once said he was convinced that Life was 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it. Attitude is everything. Life is so short and the older I become, the faster life shortens on me. When you use the phrases;
"I'll have to make the time to...", or,
before we know it, tomorrow has came and went and here we are....at Middle-Age ...contemplating life's greatness. We are whom we choose to be, and to this point, I guess I haven't chosen very well. There is a lot to be said for hindsight. How many of us would do things so much differently if given the opportunity to go back and do things over? We (or at least I) need to view life differently. There is no looking back. I need to learn to live so I have no regrets. I may use the past as a reference book to contemplate the tangible effect that my choices had on others and myself. I need to do more than just exist, or forge through each day with great effort. I must learn to embrace life, to celebrate each day as a new beginning and live it as the beautiful gift it was meant to be. I must learn to dream with my eyes open and not be afraid to reach for the stars. This world doesn't owe me anything, but I owe it to others and myself, to give back to this world everything I can. I wasn't put here by chance or luck. There was a plan, and my life will play a significant role in this plan - if I have the proper attitude. Attitude determines how I will weather the storms in my life.