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What's your mood?


Those of us who are in relationships with others—which includes the majority of us—must consider the feelings and the needs of those in our lives, especially those dependent on us for physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual support. Bottom line: we need each other. How sad it is when those around us are being hurt by our actions and/or our choices. No man is an island, and the things we choose to do affects others. Often the effects of our behaviors and choices are extreme and needless.


I’m reminded of a person who often gets in a “bad mood” and others have to walk around careful not to “set him off” so that he won’t react with anger toward them. Why should other people have to take measures to keep you happy because you are in a 'mood'? For heaven’s sake, get in a good mood! You have the ability to choose your attitudes and 'moods'.


One day I got up feeling cranky. I walked around the house in a bad mood for a while, then I thought, “This is crazy. I don’t have to feel this way.” So I straightened my posture, lifted my chin, and put a smile on my face. It may have been a fake smile for a little while, but before long it was a real smile and my mood changed from bad to good. I chose to be happy.


We are responsible for one another, and we need to treat each other with respect and honor. If everyone would strive to make others in the home whole and happy, what a difference it would make in our society. Children would grow up feeling valued, husbands and wives would get along, and we’d all walk taller, feel better and be happier.



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