November 1, 2015
Teachers Talk - A Positive Attitude Through Difficult Times
Corinne Lindberg, Teaching Principal, Seventh-day Adventist Christian School, Saskatoon, SK

Remember that song from 1988 entitled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. It was a catchy tune with words that had people walking around humming and singing along to it. I listened to it the other day and began to think that I would like this to be my motto as a Seventh-day Adventist teacher and administrator. What do I have to worry about when I have the Lord keeping this entire world in His hands. But yet…
Each school year has been somewhat of a roller coaster. I have had highs and lows. This school year, I see the highs and lows that have happened, and I have sat here, thought about them and tried to reason why I didn’t have a more even school year with very few ups and downs. I could sit here and lay blame on everyone else while not looking at myself. Attitude has a lot to do with how my hours, days, weeks and year finally turn out. What is MY attitude every morning that shapes my day? Did I have a bad meeting the night before that didn’t end right which has put me in a bad attitude in the morning? Or maybe it is because I don’t always see my life and my actions through a more positive attitude. It is attitude that shapes each of days. Having a more positive attitude may change how we perceive what we may experience.
I have found myself thinking more about how I want to change this attitude that I have and possibly  influence the attitudes of those around me: my students, staff, school family, and personal family. I want to start rejoicing more as it states in Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Preparing for my school morning worship, I came across a short story entitled “The Lost Horse“ which illustrates to me this exact attitude that I am seeking
A man who lived on the northern frontier of China was skilled in interpreting events. One day, for no reason, his horse ran away to the nomads across the border. Everyone tried to console him, but the father said, ‘What makes you so sure this isn’t a blessing?’ Some months later, his horse returned, bringing a splendid nomad stallion. Everyone congratulated him, but the father said, ‘What makes you so sure this isn’t a disaster?’ Their household was richer by a fine horse, which the son loved to ride. One day he fell and broke his hip.  Everyone tried to console him, but his father said, ‘What makes you so sure this isn’t a blessing?’
A year later the nomads came in force across the border, and every able-bodied man took his bow and went into battle.   The Chinese frontiersmen lost nine of every ten men.  Only because the son was lame did father and son survive to take car of each other.  Truly, blessing turns to disaster, and disaster to blessing.  The changes have no end, nor can the mystery be fathomed.”1
This story illustrates to me that I need to stay on a straight path with very little wavering. And the only way I can do that is to fully rely on God. I have realized this more every day as I watch the world around me and how people treat each other. I need to be living a life that has God as the center. He can help me to have a positive attitude when disasters (emotional, physical, or out of our control) strike. Every day that I awaken I don’t know what the day will be, a blessing or a disaster, but my Heavenly Father does. I need to trust God daily because He loves me and knows what is best for me. How about you?
1. “The Lost Horse” as told by Liu An, translated by Moss Roberts and C.N. Tay