It has been my experience, since being on my mission, that things are not always going to go your way. In fact, it feels like things rarely ever go the way we would have them go, in our perfect world. We always seem to need a Plan B. I came across a quote the other day that I think sums up how life is in a nut shell.
"Life is All About How you Handle Plan B
Plan A is always my first choice.
You know, the one where
Everything works out to be
But more often than not,
I find myself dealing with
The upside-down, inside-out version --
Where nothing goes as it should.
It's at this point that the real
Test of my character comes in..
Do I sink, or do I swim?
Do I wallow in self pity and play the victim,
Or simply shift gears
And make the best of the situation?
The choice is all mine...
Life is all about how you handle Plan B."
— Suzy Toronto
In my opinion, she hit the nail on the head, that it does test our character when we have a change in plans. It really says a lot about who we are when we can just take it in stride, and keep a positive attitude. Because attitude really does make all of the difference. We as human beings, tend to forget that so much of our happiness depends on us.
"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same."
I think we all can agree however, that it is much easier said then done. While we all would love to constantly have a good attitude about life, it gets difficult without something to hold on to or a little motivation behind us.
For me in my life and through the course of my mission I have come to realize the reason we always read our scriptures and pray everyday, as well as go to church every sunday, is to invite the spirit into our lives. When we have the spirit in our life, we are happier, and have that motivation to keep a good attitude. We find that strength to press forward in the work of the Lord, with a smile on our face and joy in our hearts.
I promise that as we all do the little things, our attitudes will be positive and we will be able to deal with the woes of life, especially when plan A falls through, and plan B is placed before us.