New Year Attitude
The other day I had plans to accomplish a lot of things. Everything seemed to be working in my favor. Then all of a sudden it came to a screeching halt. There was nothing I could do, but change my plans and move forward in this new direction.
I could have become upset at the things I didn’t get a chance to accomplish. Or, I could have chosen to allow my new direction to unfold on its own. Knowing that getting upset never solves anything, I chose to allow things to take their own course of action.
As it turned out, the day flowed smoothly, and I had the pleasure of experiencing new things, and meeting new people. The outcome of my day all came down to my attitude. Sounds simple enough, but does our attitude interfere with having a wonderful time, or does it improve our experience?
If we look back at the past year, much has shifted in the global landscape, some of the changes have benefitted us, while others may have made life a bit more challenging. Either way our attitude will determine how deeply our lives are impacted by these challenges.
We could say that the past year was challenging and are grateful it is over. Although if we were to search for the positive lessons within these challenges, we may recognize the positive growth we have gone through because of these experiences.
A few years ago, while on a motorcycle trip, my motel reservation was lost, there was not a room available for me. At first I was upset, but then I chose to have a good attitude about the situation, and ended up camping next to a really great group of people.
Sure I didn’t get a shower, but that didn’t matter because we had an entire evening of very lively conversations. In the motel, I wouldn’t have spoken to anyone once I checked into my room. My attitude shifted a negative experience into a memory I’ll have forever.
It can be easy to second guess how life would have turned out if the past had been different. But that’s impossible, all we can do is live life to the best of our ability, then work to maintain an attitude that allows us to stay in a positive frame of mind.
Of course throughout life there will be struggles that overcome us with difficulties. Yet even in these situations, if we keep a positive attitude we may rise to the surface when negativity begins to flood our awareness. This may seem obvious, and we may assume that our attitude isn’t all that important, because we believe that life happens to us, and there is nothing we can do. But is this true? If we are in an emotional state of mind where we believe that life happens to us, then life will indeed control us.
If we were to change our point of view, and accept that we can control our life by the attitude we choose, then we will begin to experience more pleasant days than days where we are upset, or angry. Our attitude will make all the difference.
As the new year approaches, what attitude will we carry within us? How often have we been excited about our life, only to realize we are surrounded by people who are excited about their lives as well?
They say misery loves company, which means, people who are miserable will attract miserable people into their lives. If this is the case, then our attitude will attract people with similar attitudes. If we want to see where our attitude is, all we have to do is to look and listen to the people we associate with. What words do they say, and how do we respond to them?
The year ahead will have challenges as does every year. Yet if we keep an optimistic attitude, we will have the awareness to find the positive lessons in these challenges. It is here where an uplifting attitude will be beneficial when a change in direction is presented to us.
What attitude will you choose for the New Year? I’m excited for all the possibilities yet to reveal themselves.
Let me know what you think, I’m always open to exploring the subject further. Leave a question, or comment below, or email me at email@example.com I’d enjoy hearing from you.
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What would happen if instead of getting angry, or falling into the anger of others, we chose instead to love? Those who are angry need love, those who are negative need to experience love as a way to heal. Every time we get angry or become negative, we harm ourselves and those we claim to love. When we choose love, we begin to heal, and unite as one people on this beautiful planet.
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I’m fortunate to write a monthly column for two online magazines. In Conscious Shift Magazine you can find my article, “All The Difference”
This month in New Spirit Journal you’ll find my article titled, “Opportunity.”
It is with much appreciation I have to thank the Publisher of New Spirit Journal, Krysta Gibson for giving me the opportunity to write for such an inspiring magazine. Krysta has been publishing in one form or another for over thirty-five years, and has decided to take a break and see what new opportunities life has to offer. I wish her and those she loves, the best in the years ahead. Thank you Krysta, for sharing the wisdom of my inner voice.
Wishing you and those you love a safe and healthy New Year. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful adventure called life. I appreciate your support.
Peace and Well-Being, Paul
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