Adjust your sails..!
Every day we climb from bed, we decide how to face the day. Will we dread it or will we anticipate it? Will we resist it or will we welcome it? Few persons have made us as aware of the power of our attitudes as the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. In his book In God We Trust (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994), he tells about a woman he describes as “a nice lady,” but “she got all tired out by eight o’clock in the morning. And she wasn’t even out of her bed by then,” he said. The problem was that she “lay there thinking of all the terrible things that were going to happen to her, how badly everything would turn out, how many problems she had, how many difficulties she had to face - and by eight o’clock, she was so tired she could hardly get out of bed.”
On the other hand, Henry David Thoreau used to lie in bed before rising and tell himself all the good news. When he arose, he was ready to meet the challenges before him. Come with me to the beach where you can see the sea and in the distance you can you see the sail boats as they glide into the sea? Have you ever wondered which way the wind is blowing? Do you actually think that the wind is always helping them go in the direction they want? No, the wind blows towards the shore or sometimes to the east or west, or maybe north or south, but what does the good sailor do? He adjusts his sails, so that he can go the way he wants to go. He uses the wind to his advantage by playing around with his sails. Pulling down the sail here, getting a topsail there, but always, always adjusting his sail. That’s the meaning of attitude.
Our attitude spells how we go through the day. Attitude is everything isn’t it? “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.” So dear friend, when you arise tomorrow morning, will you first adjust your sails? Then watch and see your day become what you want it to be..!