November 11.2014 – A Choice To Make by Steve Goodier

I believe that, at least to some degree, we can each exercise

control over our outlook and attitudes. And the problem is – if we

don’t control our attitudes, they will surely control us.

One farmer took charge of his outlook. He did it by filling his mind

with awe and gratitude. He found that doing this gave him more

energy to work on problems and to tackle those things that needed

his attention. His neighbor’s outlook could not have been more


One summer morning he exclaimed, “Look at the beautiful sky. Did you

ever see such a glorious sunrise?”

She countered. “It’ll probably get so hot the crops will scorch.”

During an afternoon shower, he commented, “Isn’t this wonderful?

Mother Nature is giving the corn a drink today.”

“And if it doesn’t stop before too long,” came the sour reply, “we’ll

wish we’d taken out flood insurance on the crops.” And so it went.

Convinced that he could instill some awe and wonder in this hardened

woman, he bought a remarkable dog. Not just any mutt, but the most

expensive, highly trained and gifted dog he could find. The animal

was exquisite. It could perform remarkable and impossible feats

that, the farmer thought, would surely amaze even his neighbor. So

he invited her to watch his dog perform.

“Fetch!” he commanded, as he tossed a stick into a lake, where it

bobbed up and down in the rippling water. The dog bounded after the

stick, walked ON the water, and retrieved it. “What do you think of

that?” he smirked.

Her brow wrinkled. “Hmmm. Can’t swim, can he?”

Not to sound too Pollyanna, but I agree with newscaster Paul Harvey

when he said that he has never seen a monument erected for a

pessimist. A stubbornly positive attitude can often make the

difference between happiness and misery, between health and illness

and even between life and death.

Viktor Frankl would have agreed. Dr. Frankl chronicled his

experiences as a Holocaust and concentration camp survivor in his

book MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING. In it he asserts something really

quite remarkable. He says that everything can be taken from a person

except one thing. What can never be taken away is the power to

choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.

We can decide to choose our attitudes every day. That may be one of

the most important decisions we will make. I don’t want to neglect

making that choice.

— Steve Goodier

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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