We are entering the holiday season. Commercials bombard us with images of the perfect family (healthy and happy). These images can misdirect our hearts and minds and leave us with feelings of sorrow. We are not in a perfect world and no family is left untouched by sorrow, grief, pain, illness… I am no different.
This last year has been filled with its “Highs & Lows”. I am blessed with an art career that is successful (teaching, shows, publications…), a new granddaughter, a new kitchen, wonderful friends, a loving husband and family. I also have had my lows. My son Daniel was diagnosed with Hodkin’s Lymphoma, my Dad and Step-Dad both had cancer this year, my tiny grandson was hospitalized, and I am still struggling with a disc problem in my neck. I can be thankful that Daniel has a good chance of beating cancer, both my Dads are in remission, and grandson has recovered.
Before we get lost in the busy-ness of the season I want to share a quote with you. It is hanging in my studio. It is a wonderful reminder that there is very little in life we have any control over except our attitude. I choose to have an Attitude of Gratitude...and pray!
by, Charles Swindoll
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.”