I sometimes come across great quotes or thoughts. Earlier this week I read an article and thought "I should share this" So I've decided to start Something to Think About Sunday's. I won't guarantee that I'll have something every Sunday, but when I come across something then I'll share it with you all.
I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Sometimes we're known as Mormons. Our church puts a magazine each month called the Ensign. The very first article is called "Living the Abundant Life" by President Thomas S. Monson.
The article is not really churchy or preachy, but rather full of good advice.
Here's the part I'd like to share. Click here to read the full article.
"Living the Abundant Life
At the advent of a new year, I challenge Latter-day Saints everywhere to undertake a personal, diligent, significant quest for what I call the abundant life—a life filled with an abundance of success, goodness, and blessings. Just as we learned the ABCs in school, I offer my own ABCs to help us all gain the abundant life.
Have a Positive Attitude
A in my ABCs refers to attitude. William James, a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher, wrote, “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”1
So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment.
Charles Swindoll—author, educator, and Christian pastor—said: “Attitude, to me, is more important than … the past, … 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.”2
We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude." - President Thomas S. Monson
I love the part about choosing our attitude each day. We all have our bad days - but each day is a new day to start fresh. I truly believe our attitudes hugely affect our lives - for good or for bad.
Click here to read the rest of the article - it is wonderful. President Monson goes on to tell us that B is for Believe in yourself and C is for Courage.