“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” *
I absolutely love this quote. It reminds me of a time when my attitude was less than favorable. Some of my friends have tried to make me feel better by reminding me of why I was so down all the time, but I don’t like to wander too long down that road. Yes, I’ve had some hard times in life. But I’m sure I could walk down the street and meet ten people with a sadder story than mine.
I’ve talked in the past about “choosing to be happy” and the wonders it did for my outlook on life. I was able to look around and be thankful for everything God had blessed me with, instead of always focusing on my latest inconvenience.
Everyone has bad days. I’m sure we could all write a book detailing our latest chaos. The flat tire when you’re already running late for work … the sinus infection that springs up the exact day of your big presentation … two sick kids and a husband asking why dinner isn’t on the table … and etc, etc.
But guess what? Life goes on no matter what. (Hey, it’s a cliché for a reason!) Your co-workers may lend a sympathetic ear, but do they really need your drama on top of their own? Maybe if we opened our minds just a teeny bit, we would realize that someone else could be fighting a tougher battle. Perhaps they have just learned to not take it out on others.
I wish I could go back in time to the company where I worked before my current job. (The company shall remain nameless, but some of you reading know my true opinion on the place.) I would apologize to my co-workers for always having a bad attitude. I would tell my former bosses that “that person” sitting at my desk really wasn’t me … that I have much more to give than a sourpuss expression and a dramatically huge sigh.
I would tell them that I finally get it. I understand that sometimes, even when you’re not feeling it, you just have to fake it. Doing this doesn’t mean you are fake. It means you are aware of your surroundings, considerate to your fellow office mates and you value the opinion others have of you.
Now I just need someone to stitch that all on a pillow, and I’m set. But I’ll settle for the realization that I live a happier life when I have a good attitude.