"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens." ~John Homer Miller 1910-1944, Teacher
This is so applicable to me right now after my trek across Tennessee! It really is all about the attitude. There are so many things that could have gone better or that I could have done differently but what happened happened and I finished the event! My mind could look at a bunch of "failures" ('I didn't do this, I didn't do that', etc) but instead I choose to look at the fact that it really was a wonderful 10 days and I met so many beautiful people all along the way (and after I returned too). I am so glad I did it and I do not think that the lessons learned could have been learned in any other format.
It was 10 days essentially with myself and my thoughts. That is the longest I've ever spent with myself (not sure I'd recommend it to anyone else though..LOL). Up until the last day, the attitude I had despite the pain was that I was going to do this and I was so happy I had come as far as I had. If I had let things get me down, then I might have quit early. But I wanted to see all of this route across Tennessee and experience as much as I could. Even though I would have been at peace with stopping (that realization came about day 3 or 4), I wanted to continue. Despite the circumstances (what life brought me), my way of looking at what happened gave me joy and lessons to ponder. I do admit that I faltered on the last day but that is also part of the learning process. And it's all about what I did with that information - I learned to accept help and take help and ask for help - brand new things for me! My mind was reformed in many ways during that 10 days. And hopefully those lessons will take.
Take some time and look at those who have significant problems or disabilities and see how they have approached life. What is their attitude? How are the faring? What can you learn from them? I love this lesson.
Thanks for all your support!