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Attitude Determines Altitude*

Some Thoughts on How To Enter into a New Year:

Maybe you have heard someone say “your attitude determines your altitude”, or “turn that frown upside down”. Have you ever wondered what they are trying to say with these one-liners? It is a well known fact that what we think (our attitude) determines what kind of day or even life we will experience. How we choose to think is our decision.

For example, let’s pretend that it is Monday morning. You get out of the shower and there is no towel and you discover that your curling iron is broken. At this point you have to decide how to think about and react to this situation. You can get angry that there is no towel. You can be annoyed that the curling iron didn’t last as long as you wanted. Or, you can decide not to dwell on the past and focus on the future. You can decide to check if there is a towel ready for you and accept that tools like the curling iron only last so long. It’s not what happened to you that morning that counts. What counts is your reaction to the events and how you choose to think about them.

We at Access To Health believe that there is always a good side to every bad situation. Sometimes it takes a lot of time and searching to discover it. There is a story about a couple who has twin boys. One is an incurable pessimist where nothing is ever good or right. The other is just as incurable, but an optimist. The parents wanted to bring them toward the middle a bit and hatched a plan for Christmas. They loaded the pessimist’s room with all the latest and greatest toys and games. There was no way he could be disappointed by this effort. Christmas morning turned into sobs and disappointment as the colors were not cool anymore, the computer chips were outdated, and there wasn’t enough stuff. The parents were upset and discouraged at the failure to change the pessimist, until they heard the laughter and screams of joy from the optimist’s bedroom. The parents were dumbfounded at this as they had dumped a wheelbarrow of manure on his floor. Why are you so happy, they asked? At this the boy yelled, “With all this manure there must be a pony in here somewhere!”

So you see, what you believe creates your reality. Whether you believe you are happy or sad, you are right. Have a great day. If you don’t, it’s your own fault!

*Thanks to for this article!

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