I am a firm believer that our attitudes dictate most things in our lives. Because of this belief, I know that the one thing that I need to work on is my attitude.
When I was younger—like in my 20s—I had a T-shirt that had a picture of a big guy holding a bat and the phrase above the picture was “Attitude Adjuster.” He looked like he could adjust a few attitudes, but not in a very nice way!
I was working at a group home for adults who were struggling with mental illness at that time. Because I didn’t make a lot of money, I was running low on clean clothes and so I wore the shirt to work one day out of “desperation.”
One of my male clients did not like the shirt. He was very vocal about it. I deserved what he said, although the tone probably wasn’t the nicest. He suffered from paranoia, so wearing a shirt with a huge hulking man with a bat and the words “Attitude Adjuster” only added to his fears.
It was the last time I made that mistake. After that, I made sure to have clean laundry! Or at least wore the “attitude adjuster” shirt inside-out!
That was a few years ago. Now I would have handled the situation very differently. I probably would have said, “Look, this isn’t for you. This is a joke. Sometimes jokes aren’t funny. I will keep that in mind next time. But let’s not let this ruin our day, okay?”
Back then, I think I probably cowered away from him feeling like a whipped puppy with my tail between my legs! I sure wouldn’t have said anything remotely uplifting to quell the situation.
Because our attitudes can dictate our moves in this world, we can enjoy the miracle of each day. It is all in how you approach your day that makes the difference between an ordinary and mundane day and one that is full of life and miracles. I am not talking about walking on the water kind of miracles, but just accepting the fact that the world is still spinning and we don’t go flying off into outer space! That, to me anyway, is something miraculous!
When you feel like you have no control over your day, just remember that you may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to what happens!
Keep positive and enjoy your miraculous life!