It’s your attitude, you decide how you want to live. I once heard a story about a man that most folks love to Hate. No matter what the situation he would turn it around to a positive note. He was a lineman fer a local electric company and had fallen about fifty feet and landed on his back. They rushed him to the hospital He noted everyone was actin’ as if he would not make it. The nurse began to ask the normal questions for admission. When she asked if he had any allergies he replied “Yes! I’m allergic to gravity.” The whole staff stopped as he continued. “Look I realize I’m badly hurt but please work as if I’m gonna live or git someone else in here who can.” The attitude of the staff changed almost immediately. After several months of gruelin’ therapy he walked out of the rehab hospital.
I encountered this man a year or so after his release from the hospital and his attitude was once again positive. I asked him about his attitude and how he maintained it. His reply was priceless. “When I fell I had several thoughts. If I die I would leave my wife and children fer someone else to take care of. I chose to live. Today when I awake I can choose to have a crappy day or I can choose to enjoy life as it is given to me. Yes some days life sucks but I don’t need to buy into that feelin’, I just need look a bit harder fer the good that’s in that situation.”
I can relate to this story in many ways. If you’ve read some of my other articles you know that almost a year ago I lost my right foot and part of my leg. I too have encountered a few of those days that suck. I also know that the harder I look I find more blessings than challenges in my life. I hate to admit it but many of the challenges that God has placed in my life’s journey have brought blessings to me as I work through them. I look back over my past and find this is even true before I recognized it.
One example that sticks with me in my heart is the failure of my nearly thirty year marriage. How could something like this happen to a nice guy like me? Was the question I asked fer months. Today, nine years post divorce, I am re-married to one of the most wonderful women I’ve ever met. (see my article “My Valentines Name is Bonnie Love.”) If my ex-wife hadn’t thrown me out of the house I wouldn’t have all the happiness I have today.
I’ve been told there is a famous person that is quoted in sayin’ “You are only as happy as you choose to be.” Today is the best day of my life yet, I can’t wait fer tomorrow. If your havin’ one of those days when YOU think life sucks try and start your day over. One thing that helps me is this. The first thing in the mornin’ I git on my knee and ask God’s help to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. I’ve been known to feign tiein’ my shoe and repeat this prayer in the middle of WalMart just so I kin restart my day in the proper manner.
Y’all enjoy your day, it is a Divine gift that’s why we call it the present.