Wednesday, July 31

The Vision of The Inn 7/31/13

       Hello everyone,

How was your day?  This month the inn had the most views ever----nearly 20,000.

      The following post is being bumped up.  It's a important one.  Accomplishing anything requires perspective. What you'll read next is the vision for the Attitude of Gratitude Inn.

Here is the post:
Welcome!
        Can you think of a better way of starting this
week than considering your gratitudes? Neither can I.  This inn is here to encourage you, as you go through this week. Please enjoy a seat on the couch. Relax from the pressures of your world. Here you'll find hope, and support for an optimistic, staying-in-the-solution week. 

      Dwelling on life's problems only makes them loom large and more disturbing. Where is the growth in that?  Exactly.  Progress occurs when we live in community with relationships that are good for us and avoiding those that aren't. We're meant for healthy, affirming relationships.  You'll find those type of relationships, here. You sign the registry to this inn when you post gratitudes. I ask for three.  

       This inn is here to motivate you as you journey towards your goals for this month and year.  Godspeed to you.

         Please, pause from persistent petitions for your attention. Take time, invest in yourself by exercising your attitude of gratitude muscles.  It's an excellent habit to develop. 
“Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”                                        William James   
        Don't worry about your allergies---this is a dust-free room.  As you can see, we're enjoying amazing weather, it got up to 76 degrees today, here in California.  There's a slight breeze. Let me know if you need a sweater.  Clear your thoughts.  Would you like to join us and share three gratitudes?  You'll find many benefits in doing so. Keep in mind:
All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that complaining leads people to becoming unhappy.
There is much less envy of the rich by the poor than there is of the happy by the unhappy; of those who believe by those who don't believe.                                                             Dennis Praetner
              Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone   
                                   Gladys Bronwyn Stern 
Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels.  If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for.                        Terry Lynn Taylor
 Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. 
                         William Arthur Ward
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                     What is an Attitude? 
It is the 'advance man' of our true selves.
Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward.
It is our best friend or our worst enemy.
It is more honest and more consistent than our words.
It is an outwards look based on past experiences.
It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them.
It is a never content until it is expressed. It is the librarian of our past.
It is the speaker of our present.
It is the prophet of our future.
                   John Maxwell, The Winning Attitude
         We carry our attitudes, wherever we go.  Some were absorbed during childhood. Unhealthy "ideals" like not discussing what troubles us, or that we're to unquestioningly yield to others, allows other people to control our options.  Not a good idea, or "ideal," unless we want to be depressed.  It's good to remember when we turn eighteen years of age, we're adults and are an equal to anyone else.   Please don't believe anyone who would tell you otherwise.

     Knowing our intrinsic worth prevents us from surrendering big chunks of ourselves, in order to "keep" a relationship.  We want to reconsider the validity of our ideals. Paradoxically, they are not necessarily inerrant.  As adults it's up to us what attitudes we'll allow to rent in the territory of our minds. Hopefully they'll be healthy, constructive thoughts.

     Here's wishing you a Winning Attitude week! 
               

3 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love these quotes Pablo - especially the Gladys Bronwyn Stern quote!

Carl H said...

Dear Innkeeper,

On this Thursday night, I am grateful;

1. For the re-run, star-studded, TV Mini-Series, "Lonesome Dove," of years ago, they are showing again on AMC. My wife and I were once again mesmerized by the characters and story; rich, tragic and fascinating!

2. That I forced myself to stay awake after returning home from a 12+ hour work day. Normally on Thursday's, I would take a short nap, that would turn into 2+ hours, creating nighttime sleep-schedule imbalance.

3. That if you put caramel sauce on Haagan-Daz Banana's Foster Ice Cream, you will levitate!

4. For "Progress not Perfection" in the relationship-healing now going on between parents and adult sons in our family.

Theresa Elander said...

My gratitudes for today.

My garden is coming along very nicely. More edibles coming up. Yum!!

Some pain is coming up and I am reaching out for support, and getting it.

I had a nice break through with a friend. I saw a softer side of her. It felt great.

Quotes from the Posts

"I'm mindful that our thoughts affect the words we use, our words influence our actions, our actions shape our character and our character determines our destiny."

From "My Character Determines My Destiny." To read it, please click here.

"Progress not perfection, is better than no progress at all, especially when we're trying to rid ourselves from unwelcome dragons that dwell within the closets of our soul."

From, "Still Learning" which, within four days, became the most popular post
written. To read it, please click here.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its trouble, but it does empty today of its strength"
From the post: "Life Is Not a Correspondence Program." Click here to read it.

"Even though we cannot control our circumstances, we can control how we choose to respond to them."

From, "Handling Stress and Dealing With an Emotional Bully."Click here to read this post.

"Nope, being busy isn't exciting. Boring is good. Because boring is not boring; boring is being healthy, living a balanced life that has serenity"

From: "Do You Know What It Means If You Are Too Busy?" For more, please click here.

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