Attitude is Everything

by Jim Rohn from http://www.greatminds.ie/Attitude_is_Everything/Default.641.html

The process of human change begins within us. We all have tremendous potential. We all desire good results from our efforts. Most of us are willing to work hard and to pay the price that success and happiness demand.

Each of us has the ability to put our unique human potential into action and to acquire a desired result. But the one thing that determines the level of our potential, that produces the intensity of our activity, and that predicts the quality of the result we receive is our attitude.

Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.

No one else “makes us angry.” We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.

If we care at all about ourselves, then we must accept full responsibility for our own feelings. We must learn to guard against those feelings that have the capacity to lead our attitude down the wrong path and to strengthen those feelings that can lead us confidently into a better future.

If we want to receive the rewards the future holds in trust for us, then we must exercise the most important choice given to us as members of the human race by maintaining total dominion over our attitude. Our attitude is an asset, a treasure of great value, which must be protected accordingly. Beware of the vandals and thieves among us who would injure our positive attitude or seek to steal it away.

Having the right attitude is one of the basics that success requires. The combination of a sound personal philosophy and a positive attitude about ourselves and the world around us gives us an inner strength and a firm resolve that influences all the other areas of our existence.

Lady

Lady  by Kenny Rogers

(Lionel Richie Jr.)
Lady, I’m your knight in shining armor and I love you
You have made me what I am and I am yours
My love, there’s so many ways I want to say I love you
Let me hold you in my arms forever more 

You have gone and made me such a fool
I’m so lost in your love
And oh, we belong together
Won’t you believe in my song?

Lady, for so many years I thought I’d never find you
You have come into my life and made me whole
Forever let me wake to see you each and every morning
Let me hear you whisper softly in my ear

In my eyes I see no one else but you
There’s no other love like our love
And yes, oh yes, I’ll always want you near me
I’ve waited for you for so long

Lady, your love’s the only love I need
And beside me is where I want you to be
‘Cause, my love, there’s somethin’ I want you to know
You’re the love of my life, you’re my lady!

Handling Nastiness

from 17 January 2011 posting of Daily Encounter

“He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.”1

No doubt, most of us, at one time or another, have been hurt deeply either through a misunderstanding or purposely by another. When we are, how do we handle our hurt and angry feelings in a gracious and God-like manner? Not always easily I have to admit.

Recently I received a letter from a pastor that was the most vitriolic letter I had ever received from a church leader in over 40 years of ministry. It was over an extremely simple issue. In an advertisement in a pastor’s magazine I had offered a free copy of my I Hate Witnessing book providing the recipient paid only for the postage. One pastor, after he received the book, accused me of extortion because I offered the book for free but requested he pay the postage. He added further nasty words about California Christians. He told me never to contact him or his church again! I don’t get my feelings hurt very often, but I confess, this letter not only hurt my feelings, but it also ticked me off (triggered my anger).

So how did I respond? Not in a hurry as I know it is never wise to answer anyone when feeling hurt, upset and/or angry. I admit that I wanted to give this man a piece of my mind so when I was ready to reply, I had to pray that God would help me to be “as Jesus” to this man. I did reply and sent this man a copy of the ad where it was very clear in two places that the book was free providing the recipient pay only for the postage.

Before mailing the letter, however, I sat on it for a couple of days, and also had Joy, my wife, read it to make sure there wasn’t any bitterness in what I had written.

The day before I wrote the first draft of this letter, I read the following timely quote from Leonard Hodgson who said: “Whenever pain is so borne as to be prevented from breeding bitterness or any other evil fruit, a contribution is made to rescuing God’s creation from the devil’s grip.”

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, whenever I am hurt and feel unjustly criticized, please help me always to deal with my emotions in a creative way, never lash out and hurt back, and always be ‘as Jesus’ to the one who lashed out at me. And when the criticism is justified, please help me to accept it graciously and make changes wherever such is needed. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

1. 1 Peter 3:10-12.

 

Wedding: Order of Picture-taking

I have always proven that during weddings, the picture-taking session takes as long as the wedding ceremony itself — sometimes longer! 🙂

My cousin SG got married to Julie today.  While going through the series of photo poses, I picked up the paper detailing the Order of Picture-taking. This has been a big help in getting things be more organized and prepared to their turns in front of the camera. I’d like to share this list, with a few additions:

Bride and Groom

Bride and groom with:

  • Priests
  • Both Parents
  • Parents of the Bride
  • Bride’s immediate family (parents, siblings, in-laws, grandparents)
  • Bride’s family and relatives
  • Parents of the Groom
  • Groom’s immediate family (parents, siblings, in-laws, grandparents)
  • Groom’s family and relatives
  • Male Principal Sponsors
  • Principal Sponsors
  • Female Principal Sponsors
  • Maid of Honor and Best Man
  • Secondary Sponsors
  • Bridal Entourage
  • Ushers, usherettes and choir
  • Friends

Considered the fun part of the over-all wedding organizing task, the picture-taking indeed deserved attention — even longer than the ceremony itself, sometimes 😉

do not fret

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when evil people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land – Psalm 37:7-9: 7

tsug! tsug! tsug!

Since Friday last week, I’ve been smiling whenever I would remember what happened during my class in Enterprise Planning and Development where I had a long quiz.

The scenario: students got long quiz…power went off… students used cellphones and penlights… post-quiz…. one student raised penlight, twirled it and addressed to classmates: “Cge…. tsug! tsug! tsug!” — imitating this….

I love being a teacher and I’m enjoying my class!!! 🙂