I read the online news this morning and as usual it was heavily prejudiced toward the negative, bad, ugly, pessimistic, gloomy, cynical, and depressing. The two worst stories of the day were typical of the violence that pervades our inner cities and insinuates itself into even our smallest communities.
It would be easy to read such news, go back to bed and stay there for the rest of the day. Instead, I drank my coffee and searched for something good. Thankfully I read about the rescue of a newborn baby that was credited to a FB post. Then I sorted through some of the smaller stories for a dose of joy.
I may be naive but I believe our attitude sets the stage for how we handle every experience of our life. We may have ups and downs, but our prevailing approach to life is generally positive or negative.
We start each day with a choice to make. Will our attitude be one of hope and gratitude and optimism? Or will we wallow in despair and self-pity and pessimism?
I’ve made my choice for today. How about you?