I need constant reminders that much of how we perceive life is shaped by our attitude towards our circumstances. I have a bad habit of wallowing in misery when bad things happen. This is especially true when I face physical pain - not only do I suffer physiologically, but also psychologically. It requires an extraordinary effort to train my mind to avoid succombing to dark thoughts. But it makes a huge difference when I'm able to do it. And not only that, I know that Mayumi is watching me and I feel the weight of my responsibility to set a good example. I want her to be a person of character. I want her to experience joy in this life. I want her to be an optimist. Which means that I need to be that way, too (or at least try to be!).
“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
~ Walter Anderson