Last Saturday, I slept in — a rare experience for me. But I finally woke up at 9:30 when Amber and Nina decided it was time for me to get up.

Last Saturday, I slept in — a rare experience for me. But I finally woke up at 9:30 when Amber and Nina decided it was time for me to get up.

With characteristic enthusiasm, they both bounded onto my bed, and I was awake.

And what a day it was!

After almost a week of overcast, cloudy, depressing weather, it was a divinely sunny beautiful day.

Even though we have had a few predictions of frost, they were only forecasts. And our back yard was still alive with color.

The greens were more green than usual and the red three-foot-tall chicken gizzard plants (Iresine) almost glowed in the sunlit garden.

The Japanese yews outside my window were vibrant. And for the first time, I saw one lone brilliant red berry, which the birds had missed.

From the time I got up until the time we drove west to Frank and Holly’s house to play pinochle, the sun had “made my day.”

As we drove into the sunset, the sun was still shining brilliantly where the earth meets the sky. But just above the horizon, a low-lying gray blanket of stratus clouds was trying to put the day to bed.

What a sunny, happy, wonderful, productive day it had been.

Was it the sun that had made the difference? Or was it the exuberant morning greeting from my dogs? Or the fact that I was so unusually rested?

Was it the fact that I experienced beauty that day in a new way? Could it have been the wonderful morning that colored the whole day? Or was it just my attitude?

Whatever it was, I wanted to repeat that day.

In her book “Simple Steps to Happiness,” Rosie Hamilton-McGinty says, “I believe that happiness is paramount in our daily lives.”

Everyone wants to be happy. And when it comes to happiness, Hamilton-McGinty instructs us to: “Start each day being happy.”

Maybe that’s the secret. It really matters how you begin your day.

Everyone knows the old saying: “Getting up on the wrong side of the bed.” And everyone also knows what it means.

If you get a bad start to your day, it’s hard to change direction in the ensuing hours. And it’s the same with a wonderful day.

In another of her books, “The Winning Attitude,” Hamilton-McGinty reiterates the same wisdom.

“When you get up in the morning you have two choices: to be happy or unhappy.”

“Your attitude is important,” says Hamilton-McGinty, “because it’s the state of mind in which you approach a situation.”

You are the only one who can make a difference in your attitude. And attitude makes all the difference in your life.

Says Hamilton-McGinty, “When you arise say out loud, ‘I believe this is going to be a wonderful day.’”

No matter what the weather — overcast, stormy or sunny — tomorrow morning it’s up to you to say, “This is going to be a wonderful day!” And repeat it every day for the rest of your life.

Remember, it’s your choice – to be happy or unhappy. If you make the right choice, just imagine what a sunny, happy, wonderful, productive life you can have!

©2009 Marie Snider

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