Sunday, March 11, 2012

Attitude

I don't know about you, but there are just some moments of motherhood that bring out the grumpy in me. And in these moments (or days, or weeks, or months) I want to crawl into the nearest garbage can where no one can bother me. I often grow green hair, an unsightly uni-brow, and go by the name: 'Mama the Grouch.'


I don't like those moments (days, weeks, months). Honestly, I hate being a grouch.
So, what's a poor weary mama to do?

I recently read an awesome article by President Thomas S. Monson called "Living the Abundant Life." In it he quoted 
William James, a psychologist and philosopher: 

"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."

President Monson goes on to say:

"We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

I can't change all that's unpleasant about being a mother to small children. There are just always going to be messes, whines, spills, tantrums, etc., etc., etc.!!! I can't change that. But I can change my perspective & reaction to these things. I can change my attitude to one that is more positive and encouraging.
Because while there are always going to be unpleasant things in our lives, I suppose they are only as unpleasant as we choose them to be.
:)

4 comments :

Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace said...

I really like those quotes. My mom used to say, "Life is what you make it". As a teen, it irritated me. As a mother myself now I think of her saying that and realize its profound truth.

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

So so true...thanks for sharing.

The Wade's said...

Oh geez- there you go again, being perfect! :)

Rob and Marseille said...

as today is my birthday I've been thinking about this. Its a special day to me, so we are all in a better mood.