A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the
backyard, wearing his baseball cap and toting a ball and bat. "I'm the
greatest hitter in the world," he announced. Then, he tossed the ball into
 the air, swung at it, and missed. "Strike One!" he yelled. 

Undaunted, he picked up the ball and said again, "I'm the greatest hitter
in the world!" He tossed the ball into the air. When it came down he swung
again and missed. "Strike Two!" he cried. 

The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and ball carefully. He spit
on his hands and rubbed them together. He straightened his cap and said
once more, "I'm the greatest hitter in the world!" Again he tossed the ball
up in the air and swung at it. He missed. "Strike Three!" 

"Wow!" he exclaimed. "I'm the greatest pitcher in the world!" 

Your attitude determines how circumstances impact your life. The little
boy's circumstances hadn't changed, but his optimistic attitude prompted
him to give an encouraging meaning to what had happened. What difficult
time are you going through right now? Can you do something to change it? If
you can, don't wait another day, make the needed changes. If you can't
 change the circumstance, however, change your attitude, you'll discover
that circumstances won't have the last word. 

-- author unknown, submitted by Jim