"The longer I live, the more I realize the
impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than the
facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other
people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance,
giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company; a church; a home.
The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the
attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we
cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the
one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life
is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with
you...We are in charge of our attitudes." (Charles Swindoll)
During the night, in those quiet hours
when most of the world sleeps, you lie awake and things in the night
become distorted and amplified. The faucet that drips drips drops during the day goes
unnoticed - but in the quiet of the night it can become a disturbing,
even sinister, sound.
The floor that creaks during the day - the creaks that you never notice -
are amplified in the night. You may lie awake and here that creaking and
wonder if someone has broken into your home - are you in danger? Your
heart races and your mind explores a hundred possibilities. But only one
is possibility is the truth. The rest are distortions, illusions,
specters of the mind - Things In The Night.
We can choose the attitude we will embrace
for the day. Or we can let other people, events, and things in the night
dictate what our attitude will be. We can make mountains of molehills
and molehills of mountains. Our thoughts can heal us and our thoughts can make us ill.
Our thoughts can motivate us to do great things or terribly evil things. Our
minds can choose to believe in God or not. Our minds can see beauty in
everything or ugliness in the most beautiful things. We can think ourselves into misery. We can think ourselves
into happiness. We are in control of what we think. We can control our
thoughts and we can control our attitudes. We can base our thoughts on
things in the night or we can base them on the truth made clear by the
All of us have problems and each one of us
can deal with our problems if we examine them in the light of day. We
should never allow our minds to create problems that are things in the
night: ghosts, specters, and illusions - all things untrue and that live
only in the dark.
Like the faucet that drips in the night or
the floor that creaks in the quiet hours - we can make our problems so
great that we can never overcome them. Examining things in the dark,
quiet hours, can amplify and distort our problems into specters not
based in reality. Once we've allowed an illusion to become reality it
will affect our life, health, and attitudes.
All of us, sometimes allow distortions
to influence our lives. We imagine all kinds of things that are not
real - things that exist only in the night. These illusions can alter the way we face the world and
attitudes. Our thoughts can make us sick or make us well. Our
attitudes can make or break our days.
It's hard to believe that anyone actually
sets out to
have a bad day; yet many allow things in the night, events, and the
opinions of others to control them and the attitudes they embrace. It's
simple and indisputable fact that we can all control our attitudes and
not allow our attitudes to control
us. We can choose the attitude we will embrace for the day.
The mind is a complex and powerful thing.
Our minds can conjure up thoughts that can make us miserable, sick or
inconsolable. If we
allow our thoughts to be based on distortions, illusions, specters and ghosts
- things in the night, then we're living that distortion.
If you have a problem, examine it in the
light of the day. Do not drag it out in the middle of the night and let
the quiet hours amplify it and make it worse. Do not dwell on what
troubles you; dwell on what makes you happy.
We must be careful not to let the things of the night form the basis of our
thoughts. If we do our lives can
become miserable and our attitudes change. Our attitudes reflect our
inner thoughts and fears and our attitudes determine how we feel about
ourselves and others. Everything looks different in the light of the
day. You can see things as they really are and not as they appear in the
dark. For in those dark and quiet hours even the most innocent sound can
seem like a monstrous, evil shriek from a terrible demon.
You can choose to be miserable or you can
choose to be happy. You can, indeed, choose the attitude you will embrace for
have control over your attitude. If you choose to let others dictate
your attitude or choose to let events dictate your attitude only you
The Serenity Prayer sums it up:
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference. ..." (Reinhold Niebuhr)
Don't let distortions or illusions or
things in the night define your problems. Examine your beliefs and your
problems in the bright light of the day. Your problems will not seem as
great and you will see things as they really are. You'll realize that the
things in the night are mere specters - ghosts of the truth. You'll feel
better and others will like you better because the attitude you embrace
will be the attitude you choose to embrace. Don't let your outlook on
life or your attitude be based on things in the night.