HAVING A GOOD DAY? IT'S YOUR CHOICE REALLY!
Hello again Dear Friends,
I typically receive some varied feedback from these monthly letters, and always enjoy hearing your responses even when there is some disagreement. Below is a comment and piece of advice I received last month, and well worth sharing:
"Andy, This article of yours is right on. Just to let you know that when I get up every morning I remind myself that how I approach the day is up to me and no one else. You may have a fight with your wife that morning (or whatever) and you decide how that is going to affect your day. ONLY YOU HAVE THIS CHOICE! Many times people ask how you are and I always reply "Top Shape". People say you can't always mean that and I say yes I can! -Larry"
Perspective comes to us in different ways and I always love it when the universe sends me messages unexpectedly.
Last month my electric garage door broke and I blindly called a service repair company who could get it repaired immediately. A few hours after my call a young man named Leo arrived. Leo recognized the problem, gave me a quote which I accepted, and began the repair work.
As the work was being completed I went out to the garage to chat with Leo about how the repair had gone. After demonstrating how well the garage door now worked Leo and I started to share some small talk about life, but in short order we were quickly discussing many issues around the world.
It turns out Leo is 28 years old, and only recently has moved to the United States from Israel where he had lived his entire life. Although somewhat negative and cynical about the state of the world Leo began to share with me the virtues of living in the United States vs Israel and other places he has visited.
He went on and on about how safe he feels in the United States and how nice everyone is, particularly in the Denver area. His definition of nice people focused on how tolerant and respectful of others Americans seem to be.
He continued by saying how much easier it was to find work in the United States and get paid wages where you had enough to purchase things including housing which he finds much more affordable here.
We talked for over half an hour before I paid the bill and he was on his way. I thanked him for his candor and when he left I thought about how much of the daily everyday niceties of our lives we take for granted. What if we lived in a place where neighboring countries would arbitrarily drop bombs in our neighborhood or work and housing were much less attractive then we have?
It always comes down to perspective doesn't it? Is the glass half full or half empty? Leo brought a wonderful perspective to me which I have replayed numerous times in my mind. It's easy to allow ourselves to become attached to the negative events around us. ISIS and the Middle East, daily finances, our health, our kids, politics, the list goes on and on.
The fact is, we have it pretty darn good, and it is our personal responsibility to, while being aware, stay detached from all the negativity. As I quoted Larry early in this letter, "only you have this choice!"
With love and appreciation,