Refer back a post or two to Calcutta Cockroaches ..

I quote directly from CHARLES SWINDOLL..

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The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, 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 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 act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is to play on the one string we have, and that is out attitude.. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% on how I react to it.

And so it is with you.. we are in charge of our attitudes.

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They all have come together for me in my room here at the Circular Hotel..

First the absolute and the STUNNING MIRACLE OF GOD’S POWER IS SO PRESENT AND IS SO VISIBLE AS I WATCH all of Archy’s little buddies and their babies and the teensy tiny itty bitty baby flies.. with their little ‘fly eyes’ looking around..

Second..  MY ATTITUDE.. friends.. here in Calcutta.. in one’s Hotel Room.. there  (well it has been MY experience)  will be WILDLIFE..  I kindda MISS the little mice that I lived with at the YMCA on Chowringhee Road.. as Charles Swindoll wrote.. this wildlife is going to be  ‘inevitable’..

IF I look at all of these cockroaches.. and say.. “OH.. some of Archy’s little friends” I have a totally different ‘take’.. I have a totally different ATTITUDE.. than IF I look at them and say.. well.. I SHALL SPARE YOU THAT CONVERSATION..

THE PROBLEM WITH THEM IS THIS.. the cockroaches and the flies and all the rest walk where they will walk and do what they will do.. which is to say.. when I look into the plastic cases that hold my dental night mouth guards (I grind my teeth when I sleep and these save my teeth BIG TIME).. and I see THEM or I see their ‘droppings’ (very small ‘poops’ ‘Zilla).. I risk there being diseases thereon..

ONE SINGLE DROP.. REPEAT.. ONE SINGLE DROP OF WATER CONTAINS A UNIVERSE OF MICRO ORGANISMS.. some very possibly deadly.. this fact does not make me want to go out and INGEST Archy relatives and fly droppings.. NOR have them walking around helter skelter on my utensils and all else in my room..

BUT I AM POWERLESS over them and so I just smile.. keep the plastic cases for my dental night mouth guards TIGHTLY CLOSED and GET ON WITH THE GETTING ON.. and keep dis-infecting my surfaces with Dettol Antiseptic washes..

OF course my Buddhist associates will NOT KILL any living things.. I will and I do.. EVEN SOME OF ARCHY’S BUDDIES.. oh yes.. I discreetly drop bottle caps onto them and they roll over and croak.. “Dad.. we thought you loved us Dad!” .

Let me tell you THIS.. they scramble and dash and dart when they see ‘Ol Baba coming to sit AT ‘Ol Baba’s table.. “Guys.. this is NOT your table!”..

OK Word Press.. put THIS at the top of the heap..

Smiles.. and Love.. with a GREAT ATTITUDE.. Cap..