Attitude Adjustment

When I was first faced with cancer and then a tough chemotherapy regime, I was told by multiple people that my attitude would affect how I would make it through. Not that attitude affects treatment results, but how I would make it physically and emotionally through. I don’t subscribe at all to the idea of I will heal myself through attitude and outlook on life.

I’m referring more to the attitude of gratitude vs. the attitude of “poor me, life hasn’t dealt fairly with me; everyone has it better than me.”

Life isn’t fair. No one can argue with that. But it’s not fair in ways we may have forgotten.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Do you/I deserve death? Yes. Can we have the Gift of Eternal Life?” Yes! A gift, not an obligation. Not something earned by good behavior. Wow! That alone is enough to be grateful for. Much less the other things in life we can find. Especially those of us who live in a “free” country. Food in abundance, clean water. Those alone are things that not everyone on this earth have. Family who loves you? Friends? One or two? How about a dozen or two or three? A church family who does life with you? Physical strength to work an occupation? Mental ability to work an occupation? Earn an income? Enough money to support your family as well as give to others? Opportunity for good education?

We may have one, two, or all of the above. And more. It’s about being thankful for the things you do have, not how many good things you have compared to what others have been given.

This quote is very challenging to me:

 

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