Mormon Mission World

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Positive attitude

Attitude is Everything  --Being a believer in that, I love the below speech give by Thomas S. Monson.

"So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to
see things or to behave or to respond to others makes all the
difference. To do the very best we can, and then to choose to be
happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can
bring peace and contentment. "Happiness is an attitude. We
either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The
amount of work is the same" (Francesca Reigler).

Charles Swindoll — author, educator and Christian pastor —
said this about attitude: "The longer I live, the more I realize the
impact of attitude on life. 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." He continued, "The
remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the
attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our
past; we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain
way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do
is [to change] our attitude." He concluded, "I am convinced that
life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react
to it. … We are in charge of our attitudes."

We all know people who seem to "roll with the punches" so to
speak, who are pleasant and cheerful through almost any
challenge. Generally these are the people with whom we like to
spend our time, for they make us feel better about
circumstances and about ourselves. It seems that good things
gravitate to them, for they don't let less-than-ideal circumstances
stand in their way. They choose to find joy everywhere and to le
ave it behind them when they go.

We, too, can choose to have a positive attitude. We can't direct
the wind, but we can adjust the sails. In other words, we can
choose to be happy and positive, regardless of what comes our
way. The definition of an optimist, according to one man, is
"someone who isn't sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy
but is tickled silly just to be in the play" (Robert Brault, at

We know that some people are more talented than others. Some
are more educated. Regardless of where we fit in the scheme of
things, we all have the capacity to be great, for we are only
limited by how we choose, how resolute we are — in other
words, by our attitude. …

We have but one chance at this life. For maximum happiness,
peace and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude."

1 comment:

  1. Hello Segebergs! We love that blog post. Attitude does make all the difference, and time often helps. We look at our mission differently now that we are in the "thick of things". We LOVE what we are doing with the youth in the Baltic States. Thanks for your inspiration to post those quotes.