Friday, December 31, 2010

Prepraing My Attitude for 2011

Today for New Year's Eve let's talk about preparing our attitude for the new year.  I do not like negative people.  Sorry to say but I just don't like to be around negativity.  However, I have realized that I am not as positive as I thought I was.  Hmm...

Thinking back over 2010, how was your attitude?  Did you speak words of encouragement?  Even when things looked bad, were you positive?  As I said, I do not like to be around negative people.  But I have noticed that I am not all that positive either.  When our spouse is late for dinner, the kids do not get their chores done, or someone just upsets us, we are quick to point it out.  But when our spouse is on time for dinner, do we thank them?  When the kids do their chores correctly, do we praise them?  We should be quick to praise and encourage others.  I love my sister to pieces but she is very quick to point out when I mess up.  It can hurt.  We should try to encourage and praise others.  

Thinking back over 2010, how were your words?  Our tone of voice speaks volumes.  Think about a dog.  If you scream 'I love you dog' to them they shrink back in fear.  But if you gently and quietly say 'I do not like you crazy dog' they wag their tell and perk up.  When we yell and speak in a rude way it offends and hurts others.  We can say the same sentence rudely and it means one thing then say it in a kind way and it means another.  Let's watch our tone of voice.

Suggestions for today:
  1. Pray and ask God to help you have a positive attitude.
  2. Practice being positive.  When someone says or does something try to answer in an encouraging, gentle way.
  3. Before you open your mouth to speak, make sure your tone is quiet and loving.
  4. Watch really closely for your spouse and children to do something good.  then be quick to thank them or tell them how wonderful it was.  Try things such as: thank you honey for putting your plate in the dishwasher; thank you sweet heart for putting your shoes in the closet; I appreciate you turning the light off when you left the kitchen.  Look for ways to praise others.
  5. When you are out and about try to keep a smile on your face.  Maybe the line at Walmart is long and you are in a hurry.  Stay positive and be sure to thank the cashier.  
Our attitude should reflect Christ.  Let your attitude in 2011 be positive.

I am so blessed by each of my readers and by my fellow blog friends.  Happy New Year!  I pray you have a wonderful and safe weekend and a blessed 2011.

Sweet Blessings~


  1. Another wonderful post. All of these are great ideas, if anyone would try them they would be blessed and the family would love it. I have always told my family to say something with tack and it doesn't hurt feelings near as bad. I am blessed everytime I read you blog. Thanks so much. Blessings.

  2. This is the one area where I fail the most. I tend to have an attitude most of the least according to my hubby! And according to my mama, I don't have much tact. I am working on it...with God's help, this year will be better.

  3. #2 is a hard one for me. My responses, especially to my husband, tend to be laced with attitude. :( I'm really working on changing that. I really want to talk less and listen more. Thanks for these great suggestions!

  4. #3 is the one I need to work on most, I speak too quickly... I need to be slow to speak and be thoughtful about how and what I am going to say. Thank you, another great post!

  5. What a wonderful list to close 2010 Jenifer. I know I've certainly been guilty of having a poor tone in my voice, or in not presenting a positive attitude now and again. These are all things we can certainly strive to work on in the coming year.

    Thank you for the reminder, and for all that you do to bring Christ's Love and Message to your readers each day. You've certainly been a Blessing in my life since I found your site, and I hope you have a wondrous New Years!

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  7. Thank you for a lovely thought-provking post regarding the New Year. Yes...we need to keep our hearts aligned with Christ. Thank you for reminding me.

    God's blessings on your New Year.

  8. that should say provoking---I was typing much too fast! :)

  9. thanks for the gentle reminder!!! Happy new year!!!

  10. Thats a really good analogy with the dog and the tone of voice. I really need to work on my tone of voice! Happy New year!!

  11. Happy New Year From Southern California.

    Don't forget to watch the 122nd Rose Parade on New Year's Day coming from Pasadena, California...only 30 miles from The Old Geezer's home :-)

    No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it. ~Henry Ward Beecher

    May God Bless and Protect You in the Year to Come. ~Ron

  12. Great post!! I so need to work on this!
    Blessing and Happy New Year!

  13. Cyndi, thank you for stopping by! I went to your blog and love it. I look forward to reading more.

    By the way, love the red shoes! I so told my hubby I want a pair of bright red heels this year! :)


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