“Your attitude about who you are and what you have is a very little thing that makes a very big difference” – Theodore Roosevelt
I decided to stick with the Presidential Quote theme. This one, jumped off the page this morning. Yes, after my challenge to add Life to my Years, for two mornings I have gotten out of bed with my husband for the past two mornings. As I said in the beginning I chose PREPARE because in the past I would PLAN to get up early, but never do the ACTION (:
“Your attitude about who you are… makes a very BIG difference”
This is the part of this quote is what spoke to me this morning. I know a few people who are very confident of who they are and all they have to offer. Often, I may have the opinion that they are boastful, snobby, know-it-alls, etc. Many times people who think they are “God’s gift to humanity” crawl under my skin. I can see some in my head at the very thought (:
But, this quote to me says MY ATTITUDE about who I AM… makes a very BIG difference!!! I have the occasional “good attitude” days about who I am. Days where I felt I have done well as a wife, a mother, an employee, etc.. However, those days do not come often enough – I am my worst enemy on most days. Most days I start the day off with a bad attitude and by the end, my “to do” list is still unfulfilled and I vow tomorrow will be a new day.
Scenario for a bad start… bad hair day, get on the scales to face another failure, clothes don’t fit well or are not comfortable, rush with the kids and get a little (or a lot) grumpy. The scenario continues if I come home and focus on the big picture. Scenario continues once the family comes home and I haven’t gotten done what I had hoped or they had a bad day. Scenario continues as I prepare for bed to realize everything not accomplished… I wake up defeated and go to bed defeated. He is right ATTITUDE can make a very BIG difference!!!
Also, throughout the day if I work or am out of the house, I will hear people say their house is a mess. And I will say – come to mine and you will feel better about yours! If they say they “need to loose weight” I would say stand next to me and you will feel better about yourself. Why do I have to tear myself down to build others up? Good question! (but not sure I have the answer except it probably has to do with the attitude I have about myself).
ATTITUDE is something that can be changed. In addition, the many things I use to define my attitude of myself are changeable too. Areas I currently use to “define” myself and how to PREPARE to CHANGE MY ATTITUDE on WHO I AM!
- Bad hair – BUT, many would love my naturally curly hair, cancer patients would love just to have hair, and I can always take a moment in time and get it cut.
- Scales – could choose either NOT get on them in the morning or do something about the number I see. Either let the “number” define who I am, or look at the “number” as a tool to make decisions through the day (what I eat or avoid eating).
- Clothes – clean out my closet – if it doesn’t fit or doesn’t feel good, get rid of it. Some people could use the clothes. Don’t save them for the day they may fit or even worse keep in case I gain weight back. One purchase I made this week was a new nightgown – every time I was in Walmart I would look at them since they were butter soft and often would say I didn’t need to spend the $13. I should have done it a long time ago – there is nothing like comfortable clothes that make you feel good in your skin (: Time to re-examine buying something because it is on sale and focus on that makes me feel good!
- Rushing – another choice. I can get up earlier, get things ready the night before, try to accomplish less, or all of the above!
- Grumpy – this is a choice. I can focus on at least they made it to school. Instead of grumbling – praying for a good day, strength to make it through the morning and the day, etc.
- Unfulfilled “To do” list – I can make the list REALISTIC, realize no one will die if the list is NOT done, break big projects into small pieces. Another thing is I try to please everyone – maybe my goals aren’t even what would matter to them. If my goal is to make others happy, then I need to know what that is. Otherwise, I set us all up for failure.
The choice is mine… when I undermine WHO I AM.. I undermine the work of God. HE MADE ME!! My attitude should look more like this
- I am a child of God – with Him as my Father the possibilities are endless! (“‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18, NIV)
- He created me and I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful)
- He gave me the perfect husband for me – so He can help me be the perfect wife for him – it all comes down to LOVE (I Corinthians 13)
- He gave me two wonderful children – so He can give me the knowledge to be the perfect mom for them – I just have to ask (James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given)
- Focus on what I can do through HIM and not what I can do by myself (Phillipians 4:13 I can all things through Christ who strengthens me).
- Christ looks at the heart – not the outward appearance. This is not saying I should look like crap – lol. But if my heart is right, everything else will fall in place. I am MORE than the number on the scale ((I Samuel 16:7 “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”)
- When I love myself – I am praising God for what He has created and opening myself to the ability to love others even more!
Roosevelt was right — MY ATTITUDE ABOUT ME – can make a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE!!!