Attitudes influence how we act and feel. Optimists have a positive expectancy that helps them achieve their goals. Theirs is a can-do attitude. They take action, which is empowering. Pessimists take a passive attitude. They focus on what they can’t do. As a result, pessimists often become victims of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Years ago, when reading about the release from imprisonment of newsman Terry Anderson, I was struck with how well he managed to cope with the isolation and constant threats of his captivity. He mentioned his faith, memories of his family, home and his friends. Then, he pulled out a small, well-worn slip of paper that he had managed to keep with him throughout the ordeal. On it was a poem by an anonymous writer which I hold constantly in my heart.
The words speak to the limitless potential to find hope and success in every situation by remaining positive and in the moment. I gladly share it with you …
Outside my window, a new day I see
And only I can determine what kind of day it will be.
It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay, or boring and cold, unhappy and grey.
My own state of mind is the determining key, for I am the person I let myself be.
I can be thoughtful and do all that I can to help, or be selfish and think just of myself.
I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun, or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.
I can be patient with those who may not understand, or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.
But I have faith in myself, and believe what I say, and I personally intend to make the best of each day
Attitude is very much like a pair of eyeglasses. It is the lens through which we view the world. Positive-minded people see the opportunity in every challenge, while pessimists see the challenges in every opportunity. Make today great!