Sparks #23

IMG_5502My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

The Spark I’m sharing for today is all about attitude. While we can’t always change what’s happening in our lives, and everything isn’t always rosy, what we do have control over is how we respond… our thoughts… our attitude… our reactions.

Just as the well known adage states, “You are about as happy as you make up your mind to be.”  Happiness isn’t determined by our circumstances, it’s determined by our attitude, if your thoughts leave you feeling unhappy, you have the power to change them!

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

untitled (51)Many of you are familiar with the “Thought for the Day” posts on my Facebook page that carry more messages of hope and encouragement. I post a new one each morning, drop by and check them out.  🙂

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

17 thoughts on “Sparks #23”

  1. This is so very true. I know a person that is unhappy about everything. Makes me sad for her because she is such a beautiful lady on the outside.

    Have a fabulous day, Josie. ♥

    1. I agree, Sandy, it is sad to see someone who is miserable with their life. Things aren’t always going to go awesomely, but we still have so much to be thankful for, and a good attitude makes the hard times so much easier to cope with. It is also very draining to be around someone who is chronically unhappy.

    1. That’s definitely the key, Annie, choosing how we will react. Sometimes we handle things well, sometimes not so well, but we can keep trying not to dwell in unhappy places. We can always find a way to redirect our thoughts if we really try! 🙂

    1. It definitely takes determination and practice to be in control of our lives in so many ways, but we are so much happier if we can and do! I am reactionary by nature, and changing that is still a work in progress, but I’m doing better. If we let everything make us angry or upset, then that’s what wins. I want peace to win in my life!

    1. Absolutely true! We can always change how we approach life and how we treat each other, there is no age or time limitation on that. We are a work in progress until the day we die, and there is always room for improvement! 🙂

  2. Josie,

    Excellent “SPARKS” on so on the money! If you don’t like what’s running through your head, change channels and if you can’t do it, then turn it all over to the Lord. That’s my sure fire for fixing things stirring in my brain that I do not like. Thanks for sharing and have a sparkletastic day!

    1. Amen, and amen, Cathy! If the issue is just so overpowering that I can’t set it aside and get myself righted again, prayer is exactly what’s needed, and it never fails to bring me peace of mind.

  3. Wonderful reminder! I’m so guilty of letting disappointments and stress affect my attitude. I know better, but it seems to happens anyway. 😦

    1. It is easy to let life’s ups and downs drain us, and put us in a negative frame of mind, Lisa, especially if we are tired or overwhelmed. I catch myself wallowing there every now and then, but I’m getting far better at stopping that chain reactions and choosing to redirect my thoughts in a more positive direction. Too often we dwell on things we really can’t change anyway, so we’re wasting precious time and energy.

  4. Change your thoughts – change your life. It’s so true that your perspective on a situation affects the way you feel and act within that situation. Thanks for being positive and spreading joy wherever you go.

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