There's no disputing that parts of our country have experienced extreme weather. And, unfortunately, we can't just crawl under the covers till it passes because our customers depend upon us now - regardless of  the weather!

But do you realize the weather that impacts us the most is the weather we actually control? The writer of Proverbs declared, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Whether your thinking is cloudy, stormy, or clear sunshine depends more on you than it does the climate! So, how do we do it?

First, we have to acknowledge our circumstances good or bad. I didn't say accept them, which can produce unsettled weather, but rather acknowledge them. We can't change what we won't acknowledge.Second, ask, "What can I do today that will have a positive impact on my situation?" Even the slightest action step can brighten our attitude and help us see the horizon more clearly. And that always gives us hope and a sunnier disposition.

Third, ask, "What can I learn from today that will be valuable to me in the future?" And that gives us hope! Hope that we won't keep repeating our mistakes and hope that the sun will come out again.

When scientists want rain they will seed the clouds. What kind of seeds are you and I planting in our daily weather? Seeds of doubt and discouragement will produce an unsettled feeling. But seeds of awareness and action will lead to clearing up cloudy issues. I can only adapt to the weather outside. But the atmosphere in my head is up to me! What's your forecast?

Be encouraged,


Posted on February 6, 2014 .