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A Positive Attitude Makes a Difference

March 23rd 2009

I was reminded this morning of how important and powerful choosing a positive attitude can be no matter what circumstances are presented.

We’ve enjoyed some spring-like weather in Utah the last several days, and today’s forecast called for high winds and rain. Instead, we received snow flurries and several inches of snow.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the snow. There’s something special about fresh falling snow and how it looks in the trees and mountains that I never tire of seeing. Besides, the fresh snow makes for some great skiing and snowball tossing.

My wife and kids, however, didn’t quite see the snowfall as I did. In fact, they looked pretty downright depressed to see the snow. It actually made me laugh out loud because to me, it seemed pretty silly to be upset over the snow.

I tried my best to pump them up; to see and feel as I did, but no chance, they were convinced the snow and cold temperatures were not as nice as the spring-like temperatures they had enjoyed the last few days. It was just last night our two oldest kids were playing basketball in the driveway well into the evening.

As each of us went our separate ways this morning, I reflected on how each of us responded to the snowfall. I could see what they were saying, and although I couldn’t change how they felt, I definitely wasn’t going to let their feelings dampen my spirits.

As the old saying goes, ‘Why complain? It doesn’t do any good any way.’ But on the flip side, it does a whole lot of good when we choose a positive attitude.

For me, a positive attitude means I’m happy; I have more energy; I’m in a much better position to inspire others or make someone laugh; and I usually attract more positive than negative when I’ve chosen a positive attitude.

So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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