The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.
Viktor Frankl, "Man's Search For Meaning"
I've been reading this book lately, and he has some tremendous insight into the human psyche. So I'm learning a lot about circumstances, attitude in those circumstances, as well as to submit myself to someone or something else in order to find myself.
Sounds familiar right?
But what I mostly take away from this book is the viewpoint found in this quote. Nobody can ever take away your attitude. Ever. No matter what happens to you. That freedom to choose just cannot be taken from you.
It can, however, be voluntarily given away. We have a choice to see the positive in every thing. Or, we can focus on the negative. It's that simple.
Some say that seeing the negative, that being a pessimist, is just easier. It takes less effort. I disagree. Being positive, being an optimist, is far easier than being negative. For one, being positive makes everything "lighter". I'm always reminded of Eeyore with a dark and ominous cloud following him. Doesn't that just seem heavy?
And, two.... when you're positive, you are rarely alone. You have others to help carry any load, especially the Spirit. Jesus Christ wants to be around people who are trying to focus on the good, on the positive.... and will carry your load, making it even lighter (see #1).
Who wouldn't want that?