How hard do we have to look to find something about which we can complain? Each day, opportunities confront us with opportunites to display “attitude” or “gratitude.” We can “grin” or we can “grumble”.  The choice is ours.

Reuben Pardo made the life-long choice to have a positive outlook. Shortly after ninth grade, he quit school so he could support his younger siblings. For 35 years, Pardo has worked as one of the last elevator operators in Los Angeles. Six days a week this small, aging man sits in a 6-foot-by-8-foot elevator, pushing buttons for young professionals, and displaying a joy that leaves his passengers marveling. Each day, Reuben makes the choice to grin instead of grumble. I bet he could tell some stories of rude, demeaning, impatient patrons; however, he chooses to focus on his life’s motto: “Pick up on the high points in life.” He tells reporters that he is happy and that as long as you are full of happiness, that’s all that matters. He is grateful for his life and career.

Paul understood the power of positive living when he said in Philippians 2, “Do everything without grumbling or complaining, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among men like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.”

Positive living leads to productivity, purity, and popularity. So as opportunities arise today, choose to grin–not grumble–show gratitude, not attitude.