For as long as I can remember, at the beginning of each year my mother has gifted me a Mary Engelbreit page-a-day calendar. The whimsical images and commonsense observations provide a gentle pause in my morning routine.
Some days the page is nothing more than a charming scene that brings to mind fond memories of childhood. At other times, the message seems almost prescient. The Must. Change. Attitude. reminder greeted me on a day full of obligations I did not schedule and about which I was not excited. I awoke prepared to grit my teeth and power through the day, inwardly bemoaning my woes. When turned the page and saw this image, however, I couldn't help smiling at the stubborn little girl and how perfectly she captured my likeness in that moment. None of us is immune to fleeting moments of self-importance and/or self-pity. And we all know better. Sometimes we simply need a little nudge to change our attitudes.
Turn that frown upside down - and move on!