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The Power of One Attitude

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I hope you’ve been enjoying my Power of One series. I’ve enjoyed writing it! We’ve been thinking about how the number one can improve our lives. Today, one attitude is next.

You’ve probably heard before that “attitude is a little thing that can make a big difference.” How true!

I’ve faced a lot of challenges over the last five years. I am a special needs mom. That alone presents plenty of challenges. I have fibromyalgia. My husband has been through two layoffs during already tough economic times. Amid the meltdowns (my son’s and, yes, my own) and moments of panic, it is easy to choose anger and complaining. Especially when we didn’t cause the problems, right?

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I’ve seen how worry, anger, and complaining affects people. I’ve seen how those choices affect me, and thus my family, when I become crabby or paralyzed. I did not want to continue down that path. So, a few years ago I made a conscious decision to, for lack of better words, embrace gratitude. I know that sounds very trendy since we see gratitude splattered everywhere–the internet, books, gifts, and more. However, this was very deliberate. God often talks in the Bible about our attitudes and thoughts. The Bible has been around much longer than the gratitude trend.

Why would this trend catch on, anyway? Because it’s true. The way you think affects your mood, your behavior, your family and friends, well, your life! Is it easy? No. Can it be done? Yes.

Can I tell you what I do?

When I’m mad that I am cleaning up yet ANOTHER bathroom accident when my child is five or seven, I pause. I remind myself that there are many parents who wish they still had a child to clean up after. When I want to scream in frustration and throw something because I just don’t know how to help my child with Asperger’s syndrome and he’s in my room screaming and throwing things, I take a moment to thank God that my son can talk and walk. When I am tired of picking up my husband’s clothes and belongings off the floor, I remind myself that I’ve done far worse.

Am I always quick to be thankful? No. Most definitely no. Is it worth making this one change? Yes. Most definitely yes.

You’re turn! What is one attitude change that you’ve seen make a difference in your life?

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Author: Jenny Herman

Jenny Herman is not anyone special or a hero. She's just a working special needs homeschool mom who uses the Power of One to "just keep swimming". Visit her blog jennyherman.com to learn more.

8 thoughts on “The Power of One Attitude

  1. Yep..it’s all attitude! When it’s hard here I say, “I choose to be happy.” I can assure you last week tested me greatly on that, but I found myself laughing after the bad was behind us. You can make a choice, wish more people chose to be positive and count their blessings, makes me wonder what kind of a world this could become if we all did!

  2. Cheryl, At least I started learning this before I turned 40. 😀

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