Today was an important lesson for my sons. We awoke to thunderstorms and lots of rain. Immediately one of my sons became grouchy like the weather.
When I asked what was going on he said, “the day is ruined.” I said, “Are you going to let a little rain make you miserable today?” He nodded. (By the way, I’m protecting the name of which one of my sons said this so as to not embarrass him. However, it is one of these guys below.)
When I asked what was going on he said, “the day is ruined.”
I said, “Are you going to let a little rain make you miserable today?”
I could tell from the funk he was in that he was going to let the rainy day dictate his attitude for the rest of the day. I knew that now was the time to give him and his brother some Tuff Love to help mold them into better men. So, as they ate their breakfast, I took a deep breath and shared the following life lesson with my sons.
The Life Lesson
Every day we are confronted with events or people that we can allow to affect our attitudes or not. You have a choice. You can give other people and circumstances the power to control your life and feelings. Or, you can can choose to take control and responsibility for your own thoughts, actions and feelings. The choice is yours. You decide how you want to feel about any situation. Yes, it takes self discipline and practice. However, you are stronger than you think.
Weak-minded people take no responsibility for their life or thoughts. They blame other people and situations for their attitude and station in life. You are stronger than that!
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for the rain for it brings flowers. Be thankful for the storms for they bring a greater appreciation for the sunny days. Be thankful even for the negative people in your life because they show you how NOT to act. You can also view these people as fuel that motivates you to rise up out of the muck.
Whatever you do, don’t give your power away. Don’t let the world shape you or your attitude. Rather, choose to shape the world by taking responsibility for your thoughts. I believe in you.
Let the storms in your life be a reminder to
appreciate the sunny, happy days even more.
~ Tuff Momma
What lessons have you learned on handling problems in your life? Do you sometimes allow other people or circumstances to dictate your life? I’d be interested to hear your story. Feel free to comment down below.