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I woke up to fourteen sneezes, an itchy scalp and puffed up eyes. This cat is driving me crazy. Add to that, profuse ranting and raving from my daughter, regarding her chicken-colored hair as a result of a hair appointment gone awry and a bathroom that looks like a bomb exploded within because my two daughters passed through it earlier than I and well….it hasn’t been a great beginning to the day.  No wait..it’s not over yet.  My daughter just changed the cat litter about five feet away from me and I think I am going to gag. I also had to extract two cat hairs from my smoothie. At this very moment, Boo is sitting on my keyboard, bouncing at my fingers.  I am counting the days until Boo leaves our home. Good cat, bad allergy.

Attitude, Diane…attitude. Go get a bowl of cereal and focus on the humor of it all.  Remember the good times – how about the time when Boo was staring at the bumble bee on the other side of the window screen? Or when he had a hyper energy attack and ran around the house until he got dizzy? Remember when he got tangled up in blanket yarn?  Or when he nudges your hand and demands a belly rub? Ah…Ok…now, I’m feeling a bit better.

I also took a antihistamine.

…but it really boils down to attitude, doesn’t it?

 Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind… Psalm 26:2

to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self… Ephesians 4:23,24

When my daughter was very young and she wanted my full attention, she would take my face in her little chubby hands and turn it towards her. She would smile and say, “Mommy. Me.” It worked. She got my attention and usually a giggle or two.

So, that’s what it takes.  I have to turn my face this morning. It takes a bit of discipline to look a different way but there is always something good to focus on.

So, as I continue to sneeze, I also choose to turn my face and give thanks.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord  make His face shine upon you and give you peace.”

Numbers 6: 24,25

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  1. Kathy

    Thanks Diane. I really needed that thought … Attitude. As Larry always taught the kids “it’s not what happens to you, but your reaction to it”. Interesting how many times I’ve heard them use that:))

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