What better time to focus on attitude than the season of Thanksgiving? After all, giving thanks is simply a grateful thought process for events you've deemed as blessings in your life. It's a day when the negative is replaced with positive thoughts. I'm willing to bet if everyday was treated in the spirit of Thanksgiving everyone's life would improve. Imagine, if you will, a nation of truly grateful people, who assert the positive over the negative. People would have no reason to sit in a park and protest! I'm reminded of a passage from Orrin Woodward's outstanding new book, "Resolved."
"The person's thinking is more important than the actual event, since the event happens only once, but how he thinks about it happens over and over again in his heart and mind and is shared over and over again with himself and others"
Then Orrin lowers the boom....
"Ironically then, failure in life isn't from outside events, but the stories a person tells himself."
Is it not important to guard what we tell ourselves and put a frame of thanksgiving and a positive outlook on every event? Wouldn't it be best to look for the lesson in an event rather than marinate in the temporary outcome? I'm grateful for each and every event, good and bad, that helped me achieve where I am today, and where I am today is just a stepping stone to where I'll be tomorrow!
We can choose to spiral up or spiral down, and attitude determines that direction. The key word in that last statement is "choose," as any free individual endowed by our Creator we have options. Today we celebrate the option of thanks. Why not everyday? Happy Thanksgiving!