How we choose to respond...

Life is funny sometimes. Yes, we all are in the pursuit of happiness! The older I get, the more I realize that life is what you make it. When I walk out to my car and see the ticket on my windshield, I can either curse the parking enforcement gods or I can recognize that it was my bad I was parked on the street cleaning side during "cleaning" hours. How I respond when my boss snarks at me for being late to work can make or break my whole day. It's up to me. Or getting berated at the grocery checkout because I swiped my card when I should have inserted the chip thingy. Do I snap at the clerk or choose to be kind? Circumstances can snowball and the day just get crappier, and I can stew about it or I can throw a positive curve ball into the mix and reset my attitude. Trust me, I can be super sarcastic and obnoxious: my way of dealing with stress. I often have to stop and check myself before I wreck myself. True story, some things happen TO us, and are often out of our control. The speeding dude in his huge Dodge Ram pickup who cuts everyone off on the freeway, the woman who butts in front of you at the counter because she "just wants to ask a question," and the times the internet poops out and we suffer for, an hour? without it! We can decide if we want to make lemonade out of lemons, yada yada yada...but, in reality we can choose how we respond. Having a choice is a good thing. The times I acted my way into feeling (by having a cheerful disposition in the midst of dropping mustard down the front of my show white shirt) turned out amazing in the end. The situations of the day didn't necessarily turn out awesome- I was the one who turned out awesome in the end, because I conquered the day positively. I do want to be a person who contributes happiness to others and chooses to respond well in the situation. Not perfect, definitely a marathon and not a sprint, but practice makes progress :)