Thursday, November 3, 2011
"Anyway"....Because Attitude Predicts your Altitude.~
Ever been around someone whose priorities are different than yours? My years of being a stay at home mom have given me a lot of experience with this....but wait before you think that I'm taking a side.....My experience of being a working mom, outside of the home, has given me an equal dose of the "opinions".
The focus for today is "opinions". What works for me, may not necessarily work for you, or your family. Quite frankly, this blog began on paper as my own personal journey of discovering what works for myself and our family--and I'm truthfully enjoying the journey. Most days I feel gratified by my ability to volunteer, work-out, cook nourishing food, bake, and blog. We all have seasons of our lives, we need to listen to those rhythms. I think that having an understanding that the steps along the journey are unique to you is important.
It is, after all, our very own attitude, that will predict our altitude... My Grandmother wrote me a poignant Poem on a piece of poster board long ago when the kids were small, my enthusiasm was great and my persistence was not marred by "opinion." Here is what she copied in her own handwriting:
The Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.-- This has been attributed to both Charles Swindoll and Mother Theresa