Day 210: Make up your mind

I stopped in a quaint shop near my office today, and saw a sign painted with Abraham Lincoln’s quote: Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

It made me think. It wasn’t the first time I had heard that saying, but sometimes different circumstance in life make something pop out.

I thought of various people as I shopped who lived that sign…people who have little and are incredibly content…people who have troubles and yet can still have a song in their hearts…people who have lost, yet can find beauty in everything around them. On the flip side of that coin, I could think of people who had everything but were miserable…who were treated extremely well, yet still complained…who had the power to make things really positive for others but only make everyone around them irritated.

It doesn’t really matter what those Negative Nellies do…you can still choose to be happy; you can choose contentedness; you can choose to see life through rose-colored glasses. It doesn’t mean that life is always going to be rosy. It’s not. Life is hard; it can be messy. But you can choose your attitude.

Lincoln had it right; and understood human nature. But the good news is that last part: you can make up your mind to choose a positive attitude…no matter the circumstances. You have a choice: happiness or discontent. Putting it that way, who would choose discontent over happiness? No-one, but it’s not as easy as it looks to choose the positive.

DAY 210 HOMEWORK: Take the high road. Make up your mind to be happy. (Plus, it will make those around you happier.)

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