“How are you today?” I asked. He replied, “It couldn’t be any worse." How many times have we heard this, or said it? Oh, my new friend, things could be much worse, and I don’t know your situation.

I have made many circumstances in my life worse by my attitude. I’ll guarantee that a young man’s day didn’t get any better if he kept that frame of mind.

Now, I start my day each morning by thanking God for this day he’s blessed me with. Once I became truly grateful to him for my day, it changed my entire outlook on life. I wasn’t living for myself, but for him and the people he had put into my life. Once I stopped focusing on myself, I figured out that if I could help those people, my day was perfect! If my day was bad, it wasn’t anyone’s fault but my own.

I’m not saying you won’t have days that you think will never end, but if you maintain that “grateful” frame of mind, it will end, and tomorrow will be better. I told people every day that I appreciated them, or I said “thank you” and that’s certainly the polite thing to say, but my life didn’t change until I did more than say it. I truly appreciated people. I truly appreciated my God, his many blessings, and the day he gave me.

I believe that your day and the circumstances he puts in front of you, good and bad, are there for a reason.

Make today a perfect day and praise God for it!

Rick Stanfield is a syndicated columnist, motivational speaker and author. His latest book is “I Can and I Will.” For more information, visit his website at www.rickstanfield.com.