I won’t stand on a soap box and pontificate about how I choose to think positively and take on my days like a Gladiator, wielding swords at my challenges, waiting on the Universe to decide: “thumbs up”, let challenge live; “thumbs done”, finish them”! No. I often choose a less dramatic tract. Reason and responsibility dictate I have things to do, people counting on me (including myself), and a future to consider (if God grants me that mercy). What really changes the tone of my mood is I realize I have options. More so than many people I know. All I need to do is focus, and decide that I am wholly equipped to turn the tide of my life in any direction. It will not always be easy. It will not happen right away. But I make the choice. I determine, to a large extent, the outcome. That kind of power is life affirming!