Attitude is a choice

Today on my way to work, I felt my mood shifting in a way that made me uncomfortable.  My knee jerk reaction to today was to be in a bad mood.  It was muggy and on the brink of a monsoon.  I was tired from being awake too late last night.  

As I realized I was slipping down the slippery slope to pissed-off land, I also realized that I had a choice.  I could continue to allow myself to be in a bad mood, effectively destroying my day and adding absolutely no value to anyone else’s day, or I could choose to have a good attitude.

I don’t know why I am one of those people who has the propensity to see the glass half empty.  I could dig deep and look into my past and try to figure it out.  That would take a lot of work, and that would take a lot of time.  While I’m willing to do the work and take the time, I also need to have a good attitude daily.  I need to grumble less and roll with the punches more.  I need to see circumstances as opportunities.  I need to reframe the way that I look at the world.

Today, as I was completely drenched, I purposefully thought about how all of the rain we’ve had as of late will make autumn (my favorite season) so much more beautiful.  I thought about how blessed I am to have a car.  It was not too long ago that I was walking 10-15 blocks to work from the NJ Transit bus.  It wasn’t too long ago that I had a job that I loved working for a company I loathed.  Now I have a job I love working with people I love.

So, remember…attitude is a choice.  It’s a lesson I learned today.  What did you learn?

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