I heard a story about a 92-year-old lady who proudly got ready every morning by 8:00 am with her hair and makeup done, even though she was legally blind. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, so she was moving into a nursing home.
On move-in day, she waited patiently in the nursing home lobby with her belongings, when a nurse said her room was ready and started to describe her tiny room, so she knew what to expect. “I love it!” the elderly lady interrupted with enthusiasm. “But you haven’t seen the room yet…” the nurse replied. “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” the lady said with a smile. “Happiness is something you decide ahead of time. Whether I like my room doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged’ it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. I have a choice every day when I wake up… I can spend my day in bed depressed about the parts of my body that no longer work, or I can get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”
Here’s the way I see it: You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it. And remember, attitudes are contagious. May yours be worth catching.