As a teenager, I heard the words, "You need an attitude adjustment," more times than I could count. I didn't "get" that. What they HELL did that mean? I was F-I-N-E. Obviously, my mother was crazy. (Insert fingers tapping on the kitchen table, right leg bouncing at a furious pace and requisite eye roll...)
Now I have teenagers.
And have lived a few more years.
I GET IT.
I have also heard, "It's not WHAT you say, it's HOW you say it," oh, I don't know, thirty zillion times in my life.
I am a lot more cognizant of HOW I say stuff now, and I make a sincere effort not to sound bitchy. With that said I do have one small caveat: ALL BETS ARE OFF IF I AM HUNGRY.
We have all heard the sayings:
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
~ Abraham Lincoln
When life hand you lemons, make lemonade.
Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.
~ Tom Stoppard
Turn that frown upside down.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
~ Marcus Aurelius
Blah, blah, blah.
Sometimes, we are just cranky. And THAT'S OK. As long as we don't take it out on our peeps. But we will. And we do. And in the end, they usually stick with us, mostly because we feed them and give them cash, but still, every once in a while, I hear Peg in my head reminding me I need an attitude adjustment and I do so.
Own your attitude whether it's fabulous or not so fabulous. And then redirect it if you think it will make you happier.
Nothing remains quite the same
Through all of the islands and all of the highlands
If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane