Are you a ‘1’ or a ‘10’

There are days you feel good and days you feel bad. There are days you are happy and days you are sad.

Why? Because we are human beings. We have feelings and emotions, desires and dreams. However, circumstances dictate to so much of how we feel and act. Too many times we are only people of reaction, not action. Some people are so predictable as to how they will react, others are not. Why? It depends on the person’s outlook on life and how they perceive things. We call that attitude. It is the difference between a reactionary and one who refuses to react.

It comes down to plans and how you plan your day, or your life. Things may interrupt your plan, but some can make adjustments and some can’t. To some if their plan is interrupted, their whole day is ruined. Others can be interrupted in their plans and make adjustments and keep right on going. Why? It’s back to attitude again.

We should never be too busy or too important to be interrupted. In fact, life demands it. All of life is a series of interruptions and we must overcome to accomplish our plans. Whether we realize it or not, most interruptions have a purpose. Maybe there is someone in need, or a fellow worker needs someone to listen or it just may be a test of your patience. Again, how you deal with it results in your attitude.

Everyday makes many demands on our time, but life is not just about making a living; it’s about making a fruitful, fulfilled life so that at the end of the day you can feel that it was not wasted. Maybe you didn’t fulfill all your goals for the day, but you didn’t waste it either.

And, here is the good news. Tomorrow, Lord willing, you will have another day filled with opportunities again. Yes, it’s about attitude.

Here is a little challenge. For the next month, 30 days, design a plan and set some goals to achieve. But, take it one day at a time. Make a list to record your accomplishments. Also, keep track of how well you do with interruptions. Rate yourself from 1 to 10 each day with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Don’t give up when you fail, and don’t get prideful when you succeed. Remember, success is finding meaning to life. You find it, it doesn’t find you.

Now that you have accepted this challenge, make it fun; no, make it enjoyable. Enjoy each day one day at a time. In the morning when you get up, promise yourself you will have a good attitude regardless of what happens today. Then prepare your mind for action.

A reminder of what the Bible teaches. You reap what you sow, you reap more than you sow, and you reap after you sow. The kind of seed you sow everyday determines what you will get back. Sow kindness, get kindness. Sow friendship, reap friendship. Sow joy, reap joy etc.

You can be a “10” if you pay the price. Try it, you will like it.

— Yoder is an evangelist at the Christian Church at Cogan Station