Do you ever have one of those days when you just aren’t fit to be around people?
You have a stinkin’ rotten attitude, and you know it, and quite honestly, you just don’t care.
Yeah…I was having one of those days…
First of all, I didn’t feel like teaching the writing class for homeschool kids that I had signed up to teach. I’ve been running around all week, and really just wanted to stay home.
Was that a good reason to be a crank?
No, but the sky was gray, the weather had gotten chilly, and I guess I decided to let the weather dictate my attitude for the day.
I taught the class, got back in my Jeep, turned on the radio, and listened to depressing reports about the recent campus shootings.
Has the world gone crazy?, I fumed. The thought of college kids getting shot by someone with an ax to grind or a mental disorder made me sick. Those could have been MY kids.
I listened to reports of the flood victims evacuated from their homes, and there just didn’t seem to be one ounce of good news.
All I wanted to do was pick up dinner, get back home, and hide away from the world.
I went through the fast food drive-up window and placed my order for a burger and a chicken sandwich with only mayo on it.
When I opened my sandwich down the road…
….there was everything on my chicken sandwich.
My stinkin’ rotten attitude was in full swing by then, and I felt fully justified in having it.
I fussed and ranted (out loud) to myself for the next 5 miles down the road.
“Would I have said mayo only if I wanted everything on it?”
“Can’t they read the ticket?”
“Why is everyone driving like idiots?”
And then it hit me.
Did I really have a right to have such a lousy attitude?
The problem wasn’t the world, the problem was ME.
I admit, I didn’t shake my attitude right away, but I asked God to forgive me for my ungrateful heart, and asked him to be patient with me, and help me go home, play a game of marbles with my mom, go to bed, and wake up with a new attitude tomorrow.
I am too blessed to gripe and complain…
way too blessed.
What helps you get over a bad attitude?