Yes…I am going to talk about ATTITUDE.
As in…A Double T Give me an I…another T and a U D E…
Attitude is everything…and I do mean EVERYTHING. Attitude will dictate how we respond to a situation; or how we respond to each other.
You know what I am talking about…there are books and books on this subject; I have even owned a couple myself. The operative word being…OWNED…for some time ago I jettisoned these self-help habit books and how to deal with so & so books; because well the tips and stuff just weren’t me; and to follow said advice would be disingenuous. Maintaining a positive attitude 100% of the time can be hard to do…I know because I struggle with it some days. This is especially true when the Not-So-Shit-Hot days roll around…or when the permanent Not-So-Shit-Hot people roll in…you know those people…they could win the big bucks in the lottery and still say things are Not-So-Shit-Hot…yeah those people…everyone knows one of THOSE people…if you don’t…then you are one of THOSE people…and trust me on that…I know about that…because I use to be one of THOSE people. Never fear if you are one of THOSE people…there is help for you…if I can turn things around…so can you.
Attitude is a choice; you can chose to be positive as opposed to negative as easily as you can chose to be nice to people (which is not that hard) as opposed to being an asshole (not my first choice of words…but dickbasket seemed more biased gender wise…where as everyone has an asshole…and anyone can be an asshole…not everyone has a dick…I can honestly say this…because I don’t have one…but I digress)…where was I??? Oh yes…attitude is a choice. I recently listened to a couple of interviews with a gentleman who had recently been released from the company he had been with for the last several years; and I was greatly impressed (which says volumes as I am not easy to impress) with his attitude about the whole situation. He could have chosen to lament his change in fortunes or as so many have before him blasted the company…instead he is incredibly positive and quite excited about what the future holds for him (he’s also slightly nervous and well quite rightly so…anyone would be). This says a lot about him as a person; and that he is most likely quite remarkable (I have never met him…perhaps one day I will); there others who share his positive nature out there when adversity comes their way…whether as a small hiccup…a large burp…or a huge fart (like how I worked in the subtitle of my blog into an actual post…not bad..eh?)
I hear some of you snorting…(yes…you…in the back there…I know it was you…)
I hear the BUTS…and the YOU JUST DON’T GET IT…and the EASY FOR YOU TO SAY’s coming…remember I said I was one of those Not-So-Shit-Hot people…I had the same responses.
The last few years have been a struggle and a hustle; with knocks left and right…and I did flounder; and there are days where I sometimes still fall down; however for the most part I make a conscious…or is it conscientious…either way…decision to have a positive outlook. I understand that sometimes it’s hard…especially if the situation doesn’t lend itself to positives…Hello 2013 Alberta Floods…but then again perhaps it’s in the situations of adversity is when the positive attitude is most noticeable? Perfect strangers coming out to help those who are in need; be it during a flood; a transit strike in February or stranded travelers when 9/11 happened; a truly negative situation salvaged by the human spirit. When you come right down to it…attitude really is a condition of the human spirit.
Amen to that.
Epilogue: If the gentleman I spoke of someday reads this…You are truly remarkable…don’t ever forget that.