Starting the Day in a Consistent Way

Starting the Day in a Consistent Way - Steve Wickham

As a leader in my family, at my workplace, and over my own life I must recognize now the power I have to choose my attitude. 
This day is likely to bring unexpected challenges, struggles, trials, and tests. The only defense I have is my positive, humble, non-complaining, uncompromising, and overcoming attitude.
If I do fail, and often I will, I can choose to smile and then simply get on with the next thing. 
I can be tolerant, patiently accepting the present difficulty. 
I can become aware when my attitude is faltering, and in that moment, rectify the imbalance.  
I can decide to see my life holistically which reminds me that though this piece of time may be painful, most is actually very tolerable, indeed, enjoyable.
I can be cool and unruffled in every circumstance. 
I can choose to not argue or complain. 
I can make up my mind. 
I can simplify and focus. 
I can accept differences, exercising patience. 
I can have the courage to be.
When things go wrong I can choose to contemplate before I act. 
How do I feel? What is wise? What shall I do?
I can control my mood. I can develop my mental game; my direct worldview. I can align my expectations with my talents and present realities.
These things above, all states of mind, are all very real possibilities. It is up to me. Nothing taken for granted, everything received with gratitude, everything passed on with grace.
As I sit right now, alone with my most trusted companion, Solitude, I see suddenly from the proper perspective before the onslaught of life takes over.
Hold me dear God, reminding me gently and firmly of these thoughts as I traverse the day. May it finish as it started; in peace. 
Like a clock during a thunderstorm, my quieted mind can endure.

© 2013 S. J. Wickham. Steve Wickham is a Baptist Pastor and a Registered Safety Practitioner and holds Degrees in Science, Divinity, and Counselling. Steve writes at: and Article Source:  Article Source:

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