Thursday, October 16, 2008

Maintaining a Positive Attitude

We're right smack dab in the middle of fall break. I find that a little amusing and ironic. It hasn't really been a "break" for me. True there's not school, but the calendar hasn't slowed down any. As a matter of fact, it's a time to schedule in some things that need to happen - like the dentist - so they don't have to MISS school.

One of the things we've been planning to do this break is go "cabin camping". We'll drive to the state park tomorrow as soon as our chores are done and the car is packed. There we'll hike and enjoy the out of doors, maybe catch a pony ride. We'll see what we feel like when we get there.

The kids are excited that the cabin has two bunk beds - so they'll both get the top. The boy-child is not thrilled to hear that there will be no Game Cube, but there will be s'mores, so it might not be all bad.

Over all, we're thrilled to be going. Then there is the weather forcast. It's been really dry here this year. But, tomorrow, it may rain. And the girl-child, who had teeth pulled today, has a little tummy ache.

In times past, I may have spent this evening worrying about the weather, or whether my daughter will "irk" (our word for 'throw up') tonight. Neither, I have any control over. Neither are worth ruining my evening stressing about.

It's one of the ways powerlessness helps me maintain a positive attitude. There are very few things that I can control in my life. My attitude is one of them. Keeping my domain of control in it's proper perspective is key in that endeavor!

Yes, I will pray that the rain holds off, and that my daughter is feeling well. But - whatever happens - we are blessed!

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