Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sea Change


Suzanne McDermott
Watercolor

Set your sails

The wind is always changing.

It's how you work with the wind that determines your journey.
If you expect wind from the west but it suddenly whips around from the north, what are you going to do about it? Resent the wind? Demand a different sail?
Expecting too much in any situation can lead to both disappointment and contempt. Be annoyed, surprised, maybe bonked on the head, even. But adapt or struggle adrift.
Adapting to an unexpected situation takes fortitude. Growing and learning require considerable adaptation and adaptation usually means work. At some point, it's helpful (critical, even) to learn how to make work fun.
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Are we having fun, yet?

"My parents did say “yes” a lot, but it wasn’t the kind of yes where we were allowed to do whatever we wanted. There were definite rules. We had strict bedtimes, we were expected to be polite, to clean the house, and help with chores. There were consequences when we failed to complete our tasks. The “yes” was about how we chose to do the thing they were making us do. My dad would often say “Is this going to be work or is this going to be fun?” You begin to realize that having fun is an attitude not an activity."

Ann Weimer Baumgardner

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"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

e. e. cummings


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Attitude is everything

"“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, 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. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday 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 play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

Charles R. Swindoll


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