Don’t Give Me any Crap

Howdy.  Good to see you.

I have a question for you.  Do you ever just feel… crappy?  There may be no specific reason for the mood, it’s just that you feel bad.

I am sure you have your times just like me.  Today I feel crappy.

I know you don’t want to read a blog about me feeling blah.  I sure wouldn’t want to read something that’s a downer.  Hopefully by the time you finish you will find it to be an encouragement.

The bigger question is what do you do when you’re feeling down.

Honestly I am like everyone else.  When I feel crappy I just huff and puff around the house and growl when someone gets too close.  Pleasant huh?

Surprisingly, there is another option.  Sounds simple, but its not always easy.

The other option is… choice.  Choosing to change our attitude.

There are times when I must grab the mood by the neck, push it against a wall and put it in its place.

I am not saying it is easy, but it’s absolutely doable.  It’s our choice.  I can choose to stay in a crappy mood and allow it suck the life out of me.

It is not much fun being around someone who is in a terrible mood.  When you think about it… how self centered.  If you’re going to stay in a bad mood just sequester yourself in isolation as not to ruin everyone else’s day.

By choosing to stay in a bad mood and continue to be around other people I become a carrier of crap infecting all that I come in contact with.

I in no way pretend to have a handle on this gift… choice.  But there is someone who has amazing insight and experience with this very thing.

Someone who knows about choosing ones attitude is Viktor Frankl.

Viktor Frankl

He was a prisoner at a concentration camp during WWII.  He later became a Psychiatrist and wrote a book Man’s Search for Meaning.

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

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In his book he said that being in camp always required a decision.  Everyday there it was a decision to choose your attitude or “…become a plaything to the influences in camp.”

He talked about those who would rise above the surroundings and give their last bit of food or encourage.  People daily made choice of a noble nature, and others chose a lower path.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

- Viktor Frankl

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How convicting!  Yes we all have struggles and challenges in our lives.  I am not making light of the things you or I face.  They’re real and they’re difficult.

But there is proof that there is a better way.

I don’t know about you but I want to choose.  I choose to force through the funk and write this blog.  You know what?  I feel lot’s better.  In fact, I feel really good.

I can’t figure out why so many times I settle for less when more is available.

Feeling crappy?  Make a choice and then look around for a task needing done… and do it.

See you Thursday.

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