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The importance of attitude


Attitude is a mental state, behavior, or emotion linked to mindset, circumstance, or opinion.

Legend has it there was a woman who woke up one morning, looked into the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day when she awoke and looked in the mirror, she saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “Hmmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.” That she did and had a great day.

The third day she awakened, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “Today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.” So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The fourth day when she awoke, she looked in the mirror and noticed there wasn’t a single hair on her head. “Yeah!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today.”

You probably noticed she never complained. Instead she made herself a great example for all of us; she maintained a positive attitude throughout her “hair” dilemma.

Chuck Swindoll, senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas, and founder of “Insight for Living,” wrote a popular statement he titled “ATTITUDE”:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

“Attitude, to me, is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company é a church é a home.

“The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past é we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude é I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.”

Pioneering American psychologist William James (1842-1910) put it this way, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) taught and believed that “As you think so will you be. New and positive thoughts can displace defeating thoughts. It has been said that thoughts are things, that they actually possess dynamic power. Think positively and you set in motion positive forces, which bring positive results. In three words: Believe and succeed.”

Each of us is personally in charge of determining what our own attitude is. My attitude depends entirely upon me; your attitude depends entirely upon you. No one else can change it or control it for us. When determining what our own, individual attitude will be, consider these oft-repeated words from Edgar A. Guest:

“You are the fellow that has to decide

Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.

You are the fellow who makes up your mind

Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind

Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar

Or just be contented to stay where you are.

Take it or leave it. Here’s something to do!

Just think it over It’s all up to you!”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

Ken and Nan Webster have collected inspiration for many years from many sources, and now inspire readers of “A Matter That Matters.” Contact them at kennanco@gmail.com or visit www.kennancompany.com.

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