He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered.   Proverbs 28:26

It may surprise you, but I do work to present a positive attitude. Contrary to what Bruce and Haley may see at home from time to time, it is a decision I make for my own self; to choose my attitude. It is certainly more important than my past.

My Father retired from the Navy here in Pensacola, three months prior to my graduating from Woodham High-School, Class of 1970. He took a job at Vince Whibbs until the day I graduated. Within two weeks, we headed back to the family’s “home base” near San Francisco California, where we always ended up anytime Dad went to sea. Then at twenty six, I packed all things important to me and moved back to Pensacola.

I really did not like who I was when I left California. The entire road trip, pulling a U-Haul, I made up my mind that no one really knew me in Pensacola. I could recreate myself. I could be a much better person. My past, my failures, my pain, what other people thought of me or had said about me, I had the opportunity to begin anew.

Within three days of arriving, I had a job. In the early 80’s, I set my eyes on getting a job at Owsley Lumber Company. (I sold Building Materials for 25 years.) After two years, Mr. Owsley was kind enough to pay half the cost, for me to take the Dale Carnegie class. My life changed drastically, from then and forever more. The two biggest things the course taught me are:  1) If you act enthusiastic, you’ll be enthusiastic,  2) How to stop worrying.

Attitude can keep you going or cripple your progress. When attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great. I must admit, there are times I spend concentrating and fretting over things for no reason, like paying bills. (Or writing a devotional. A devotional? Me? Seriously?)

Vicky Pierce

Bruce, Vicky and Haley

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