Monday is our day to re-commit ourselves to our personal values, goals, priorities and protocols.

We re-commit to possessing the best attitude every. single. day.

The overall attitude of an individual, couple, family, and organization has a crucial impact on whether or not there will be success. No one and nothing is responsible for a positive or negative attitude, except for ourselves.  When you get down to it, our attitude will either be a tool or a weapon.

We’ve both served with individuals who possessed an amazing attitude in the midst of adversity and others who had a negative attitude in self-inflicted misery.  They were our teachers, demonstrating the power attitude holds.

We both worked at the same church, albeit different decades, where Pastor Jerry Morris is on staff.  We agree he is the role model of living with the best attitude.

  • Neither one of us have heard him complain.  Doesn’t everyone complain in today’s culture?
  • We both feel like he is always excited to see us.  Is that even possible?
  •  Each of us have only known him to be kind. How can anyone resist kindness?
  •  In our perspective, he smiles inside-out.  Can there be anything better than being greeted with a welcoming smile?

The thing is . . . possessing the best attitude is not automatic . . . and easily deleted when negativity comes our way.  It requires daily mindfulness and intentional soul-work to resist blaming people, circumstances, and/or the negativity residing in today’s culture for living with less than the best attitude.  The cause for a negative attitude is for each one of us to own.

So.  How is it possible to possess the best attitude all day long?

We’ve found gratitude is the key to possessing the best attitude:

  • Make space in your day to be grateful for what you have received, refusing to align with the temptation to complain about someone or something.
  • Fill up on gratitude at the beginning of the day regardless of what must be managed. Our positivity increases the more we use the two words, “Thank you.”
  • Be grateful for the awareness of God, for every breath, for the day, for family and friends, for all that is in front of you.  We suggest stopping and giving thanks for three things in the morning, at noon, and in the evening.  It sets the rhythm of gratitude into motion.

At the end of the day, our attitude is a choice and a catalyst to living the best.

There’s always more on Monday–Joshua and Kerrie

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