I woke up this morning to news reports of one more snow storm. Last night the sirens were blaring, announcing a possible tornado. I thought to myself, how can this be? The temperatures were in the low 80's the day before. I was planning a barbecue today. It's so easy to sulk when your plans are disrupted. That's why I give myself daily pep talks. I need to fight back when my attitude is sinking. Here is the process I go through with my daily pep talks:
- Be thankful for all the good things. Rain is a good thing. It helps the farmers with their crops. It makes everything green.
- Be thankful for the challenges. Nothing gets me going better than a good challenge from a worthy opponent. Mother Nature has been testing me since early November. She's helping me build my character.
- Be thankful for friends and family. I'm where I am today because I'm surrounded by people who love me and care about my well being. On tough days, I know they're out there praying for me.
- Think about the people around you who are counting on you for a smile or a comforting word. You won't do them any good if you're not at the top of your game. There's no time for wallowing in misery. I'm too busy helping others find some joy today.
- Think about the potential today has. You have two choices: Get pumped up and seize the day or crawl back under the covers because your challenges appear overwhelming. When you imagine the possibilities, it's impossible to give up.