If I wake up with a few extra minutes in the morning, I like to take a quick peek at my Instagram account, @Glennwilly. If you are not familiar with Instagram, it is definitely Facebook Lite! Simple pictures, posted by folks I choose to follow, with occasional comments. I can scroll through the entire timeline in just a couple of minutes. Plus, I can keep up with my middle school boys!
I follow a couple of folks on Instagram that post inspirational quotes. They are oftentimes good reminders to start the day. The one that pops up most frequently mirrors the theme of choosing my attitude. Easy to say, but occasionally difficult to do. Nevertheless, my attitude is the one thing I cannot be forced to let someone else to choose for me.
Viktor Frankl, former death camp prisoner and author of, Man's Search for Meaning, said, "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Tony Dungy, Superbowl winning coach, said, "You can't always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better."
Dr. Stephen Covey narrates through The Leader in Me, "Choose your own weather." Kids love this analogy and so do I!
Easy to say, sometimes hard to do. But I wake up each morning and start by choosing Happy and Brave!