This week's reading was all about attitude and were my favorite chapters. I wouldn't call myself a very positive person, at least in times of hardship. Any curve ball that gets thrown my way always seems to be more than I can handle. And so, these next couple of chapters are ones that I am most working on in my own life to not only make my own life happier and more positive, but to show Ava that she should do the same as she begins to encounter hardship in her life.
And this week we have a lot of Ava photoshoots going on with lots of different brands (they seemed to all come in at once) so I am not going to be "chatting" about each of the quotes below, but I hope that you're able to have an internal conversation or a conversation with a friend or your spouse to go deeper into each of these points that found throughout the three chapters I read this week.
It's all about perspective.
"The question is not "What are you going through?" but "What is your perspective and attitude in the process?" (126)
Trust in God.
"Contentment is the opposite of self-pity. If our hearts are content because we trust in God as our loving provider, then we'll tend to keep our eyes off our troubles. But if we dwell on our wants or our difficulties (great or small), we will lose sight of the provisions God is granting us." (127)
Attitude is a choice.
"We learned that contentment is not based on what you have; it is based on how you choose to view life. It is an issue of the heart." (128)
"The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes." (137)
Gratitude is Contagious
"We can give our children no greater gift than a positive, consistent attitude of gratitude. Attitudes are contagious!"" (141)
Our struggles are blessings.
"If we had our choice, we'd probably choose to go through life without any struggles. Who wouldn't want life to be easier? But like it or not, our struggles actually serve a purpose. The hep us grow and develop into stronger, wiser, and more faithful people." (146)
Let our children struggle so they learn to turn to God.
"As positive moms, let's give our children a balanced outlook on life. Yes, there is pain in this world. There is disappointment. There is struggle. But there is also God." (155)