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You can choose to smile even when you have to clean dog vomit

I have to clean up Martha's vomit

When I woke up this morning the first thing I thought of was the dog vomit in the basement I have to clean. I have soaked the green stain in vinegar and baking soda and scrubbed it with a scrubbing-brush. Now I have to wipe up the baking soda and wash the floor.

Thinking about cleaning the dog vomit does not make me feel joyful. I woke up feeling sad.

Life if full of choices. I can choose between canned green beans or brussel sprouts for supper. I can choose to wear my hair long or cut it short. I can wake up early or I can sleep late. I can choose to smile even if I have to clean up dog vomit.

My happiness does not depend on what I am doing, it depends on how I think.

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
– Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

I cannot change the past. I cannot go back in time and get Martha, my dog, to not eat the yellow yarn. If I could get her to not eat the yarn, she wouldn’t have vomited  trying to get rid of the yarn she swallowed. (She didn’t have to go the veterinarian, I found the yellow yarn in the backyard after she digested it.)

We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.

— Charles R. Swindoll

I will choose to smile. I will choose how I think.  I am in charge of my attitude.

I woke up with a frown, but, now I am making the choice to clean with a smile on my face. (And rubber gloves on my hands.)

Our life is what our thoughts make it.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Pamela – I had to smile when I saw the title of your post. And I agree, we have choices. I often think of Elisabeth Elliot’s statement, “We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our attitude.”

  • I smile every morning. I don’t have to clean up after the dog or after myself when I get sick from eating grass and hair balls.
    I think you would smile more if you took more naps and found sunbeams to lay in.

  • Winnie

    Are you rubber gloves purple? That would make me smile. This post had such good timing…I just spent too much time crying over things that are out of my control…

    • My rubber gloves are purple. I am glad my post is helping you today with your tears. You can only control the things you can control. Wisdom will help you know which ones those are. Sending you prayers today Winnie.