Random header image... Refresh for more!

It’s That Time of Year

Tax Day!

A business man on his deathbed called his friend to his side and made one last request of him: “Steve, when I die, I need you to promise me that you will make sure that my body is cremated.” Steve replied, “What would you like for me to do with your ashes after I carry out your request?” He replied, “Just place them in a large envelope and mail them to the Internal Revenue Service and please write in red ink …Now you have everything!”

Sometimes during tax season, we feel like all that we do is pay, pay and pay some more. Yet, we live in a country rich with opportunity and unparalled when it comes to a standard of living. So, perhaps with our groans as we “ink” the check to the IRS, we should stop and offer thanks for a country that affords us freedoms like none other.

Adjusting our attitude concerning taxes is very much like adjusting our attitude concerning life. There are those things we would rather not do, but upon deep reflection we can find a silver lining in the clouds. William James, the father of American psychology once observed, “you can alter your life by altering your attitude.” I have adopted his observation as one of the foundational pillars in my philosophy about life. Our lives are deeply impacted by the attitude that we bring into our experiences each day. I can make the choice to view life as a great adventure or I can see living as an exercise in futility. My viewpoint will determine whether I am a victim or a victor in my situation.

Paying taxes and experiencing death are the two inevitable events of life according to Mark Twain. How you approach both says a great deal about your attitude and the level of faith where you are living your life.

I leave you with this quote from author, Charles Swindoll. “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…. A church…. A home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will react a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play upon the one ‘string’ we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Make today a great day!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Twitter