Attitude Transformation


Well, it finally happened in Colorado.  We are supposed to get our first heavy snow today.  The weatherman said that it’s supposed to snow for 24 hours straight and give us 8+inches of white crystals.  These are the pictures that we woke up to with white flocked trees and white-painted streets.

People who have lived in this in the northern states are getting on the internet to find the earliest flights to Hawaii, Arizona, or Florida.  They hate the cold and want warmer climates so that they can shovel the sun versus the snow.  They hate being cooped up in the house and seek environments that aren’t bounded by snow shoes and down coats.

We had been in Scottsdale, Arizona for 33 plus years and we chose to move to the climates where cold and snow are a given.  People in Colorado who hate the snow can’t believe that we would move from 300+days of sunshine and no snow back to a place where the temperatures can and have gotten to a -5 degrees and the threat of blizzards blanketing the horizon on a continual basis.

When we look at the negative aspects of life, such as snow and cold, or heat and desert, our natural tendency is to want an environment that is different from the one we are in.  It’s only when we begin to look at the positive aspects of our situation that our attitudes begin to change.  When the snow is covering the ground, the birds have a very difficult time getting food.  My bird feeder at this very minute has 6-8 birds on the feeder plus 30-40 on the ground and many more in the tree waiting to get their sun-flower seeds.

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I saw my neighbor across the street begin to shovel because he had to get out to have someone pick him up.  I called over to him and told Tim that I would shovel his driveway which he was very appreciative because he is handicapped.  No matter what the circumstance we find ourselves in there are positive things that can guide our perspective.

On this journey today, I would encourage you to ask the question as you read this jlog, “What is positive about my present circumstance?”  You might even begin to feel differently about life.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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