Thursday, 02 January 2014 20:28

A New Attitude

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Family Storytelling, Abraham Lincoln, Resolutions, New Year“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~Abraham Lincoln


As the New Year comes many reflect on the previous year and make goals for the next twelve months. Some want to forget the previous year and have a better year. Other people want to keep progressing and growing. Then there are those that truly want to grow from all their experiences. My Great Grandma went through some very difficult things in her life. In her journal she recorded many good and bad experiences. She also left us with some very wise words to learn from.



“January 1, 1935 we took inventory of our situation, concluded rock bottom had been reached, financially and physically. Any change would surely be up.” ~Viola Stout


As an adult I’ve gotten to learn more about my ancestors. I have learned from them. I have learned through my life as I have gone through trials that I can’t change anything, but I can continually grow and become more positive.



My 4th Great Grandmother had many hardships in her life, more than I could have imagined. She also kept a journal and each entry was positive and uplifting looking toward the future.

“Some times I felt that I could not endure any more, then my Heavenly Father would strengthen me and I felt to be humble and be resigned knowing that God's people have always had to suffer persecution.



. . . It is a marvel to me when I looked back upon my past life, of my journeyings in poverty and of the persecutions, sacrifices, and suffering, that I am alive to tell the tale.” ~ Nancy Naomi Alexander Tracy


I am reminded that no matter what I experience or go through I am alive. I can use my experiences to do better and be happy. I can choose the path I want to go down.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  ~Winston Churchill

Do you keep a journal?  Have you overcome obstacles and trials?  Does your family know about them?  Tell those stories.  For help, check out our Reflections of a Parent Story Starter.

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