Your attitude shapes your life
Once there was an old and very wise man. Every day he and his grandson would sit outside by the balcony of his house, waiting to greet people as they passed through his small town. One day a tall man, who surely had to be a stranger, began looking around as if he were checking out the area for a place to live. So what kind of town is this? He asked. The old man replied, well, what kind of town are you from? The stranger said, “One where everyone is very critical of each other. It’s a real negative place to live.” The old man said, “You know, that’s just how this town is.”
“Always [be] full of the joy of the Lord, and always thankful.”
Colossians 1:11-12 Living Bible
Later, a family passing through also stopped to greet the old man, the father stepped out and asked the old man, “Is this town a good place to live?” Well, what about the town you’re from? The old man asked. The father answered, in the town I’m from everyone is very close and always willing to lend a helping hand. I really hate to leave it. The old man smiled and said, you know, that’s lot like this town. After the family had left the grand son looked up and asked, Grandpa, how come when the first man came you told him this was a terrible place to live, yet when that family came, you told them it was a wonderful peace to live? The old man looked down into his grandson’s wondering eyes and said, “No matter where you go, you take your attitude with you. And that’s what makes it terrible or wonderful. Life is not perfect, and every moment is not filled only with wonderful things. But life changes dramatically, and for the better, when you realize that your circumstances do not decide your experience of life, your attitude does. Yes, life is what you make it!