“Attitude Determines Altitude.” There are two choices I have when I awaken each day.
“Good morning, Lord!” (celebration, thanks, anticipation)
“Good Lord, morning!” (cynicism, regret, anger, fear) As you consider the beginning of your days, I offer you a prayer which has had meaning for me: The Morning Prayer of the Last Elders of Optina. Optina is an order of the Russian Orthodox Church which had its origins in the 18th and 19th centuries. I offer a slightly edited version:
O Lord, grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility. Grant that I may surrender myself to your holy will.
Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of the day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to your holy will.
In all my words and actions direct my thoughts and feelings.
Grant that I may deal straightforwardly and wisely … neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.
O Lord, grant me the strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe in hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love.
Our “attitude” does determine our “altitude.” Our “attitude” is determined by our openness to the God who calls us to live in an “altitude” of grace, forgiveness, and acceptance.