It is show and tell Friday at http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/ --- This is one of my favorite sayings and favorite little pictures: " Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds ot be"--
This is really true---I have met people in happy circumstances who are miserable and I have met people in horrible circumstances who have joy because of their attitudes (and when in really bad times--such as Christ on the cross--the attitude or view on this life as compared to eternity). I have also seen that if I control the way I think about something this directly effects my emotions---this is why I have been trying ;-) to cultivate thankfulness always. Even in the death of my Mom there were many things to be thankful for--that her suffering had ended, that she was experiencing fullness of joy, that she had received Christ and knew him personally in that last year of her life, that I had precious memories of her and my childhood, that I had had a good relationship with her etc. I have found even in my hardest times if I looked there were things to be thankful for----I also have learned from people that have a grumbling attitude--that no matter what beautiful things are in the life they can't enjoy their lives--they only let their minds dwell on what they don't have. I have learned a lot from people in prison--ie The Hiding Place---how thankfulness enables joy in the worst of circumstances.