Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A rough start

The day began with a pretty rough start.

1. First, I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a car.

2. Next, I went online to check the news and realized I hadn't had nightmares, Obama really won the presidency.

3. A few moments later, I found the new kitchen decor I had bought broke in 3 pieces, (I wonder who could have done that, hmmmm....Devan).

4. Not long after that, as Chad was going out, the clock above the door fell, and shattered into pieces.

So I was in a pretty rotten mood. Sorry family, I love you guys! At the time these things happened I thought they were all everyone else's fault, but tonight as I think about things I feel pretty bad knowing I have no one to blame, but myself.

1. O.k. the first one I'm going to admit. The whole neck/back thing happened to me once before. I was head banging because Devan thought it was really funny. The harder he laughed the harder I head banged until "POP" there went my neck. It wasn't as bad that time, but that's probably set it off again this time. I'm guessing my injury was a result of that craziness.

2. I have to ask myself, Did I really do all I could do this election to encourage people to vote for the "right" candidate? Answer...No, I did not.

3. Last night I left the decor in reach of Devan...helloooo...that's just asking to have it broken.

4. When I hung that darn clock, I had a feeling that I should have secured it better. Should have listened to my intuition.

So lesson learned here. I need to have a better attitude. It's pretty easy to blame your problems on other people. It's a little bit harder to put your pride aside and take accountability for you actions. The second option results in a much happier less bitter life though.

One more thing. I've had quite the sour attitude about this election. Well, I was reading a friend's blog today and this is what she had to say...

"I was voting for McCain, but oh well. I just pray that Obama can do some good for our country. I think now is the time more then ever to draw close to the Lord, be prepared physcially and spiritually and to make our homes strong in the gospel as much as possible! I will be praying for Obama and I hope you do to! "

What a great attitude to have. I had spent so much time griping that I hadn't thought to pray for him, and the decisions he will be making for our country. What more important thing to do right now? I am truly grateful that I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have the knowledge that everything that happens here is part of a bigger plan. It's hard to keep that in mind, especially with everything going on in the world today. I think we could definately use all the prayers we can get. Thanks Ashley, and I hope you don't mind me quoting you.

Speaking of quotes, here are some nice quotes about attitude

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day. ~Author Unknown

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have. ~Ken S. Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher ConsciousnessDefeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. ~Joe ClarkThe only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~Scott Hamilton

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. ~J. Brotherton

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. ~Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha


Erin said...

Nice post Lana. You shared some great thoughts!

Camille said...

Great post! I think I needed this today too- I think we have a lot in common right now, especially back-wise and election-wise. Not a good combo. ;-) Loved the quotes at the end! Thanks!

Kris and Sarah said...

That is what we need to be doing. Just have faith! Thanks Lana

Josh and Amber said...

Thanks for the post Lana. You brought in some great thoughts!

The Williams said...

Hey Lana,
Great attitude! I agree.

Bree said...

Oh man! What a day indeed!! I love your positive attitude, Lana!! I don't think I would've owned up to it...I would've kept blaming it on everything else!! Thanks for sharing the quotes and being such a great example!

The McClellan Family said...

Oh I know those days! It's so hard to snap out it and be nice! I like the thougt of praying for Obama. I'm glad you said that. New perspective is always refreshing!

Stewart Family said...

Oh Lana you crack me up. I love the quotes on attitude. That is too funny about the texting thing. What a big grump. I thought it was dang funny.