Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
Here is something I ran across the other day that I would like to share.
Once there were three bricklayers busily working at their trade.
When asked what they were doing, the first man answered gruffly “I’m laying bricks,” without ever taking his eyes from his work.
The second man replied, “I’m putting up a wall.”
But the third man said enthusiastically and with obvious pride, “I’m building a cathedral!”
What struck me at the time was how significant those little things we do are to what we build in our lives. The sad part is that we often don’t place as much value on our efforts as we should. In truth every child we nurture, every kindness we offer and every service we provide lays the foundation on which so many good things are built.
Years ago I realized that many of my colleagues never realized the contributions they had made to our success because we just took them for granted. At the time I had management responsibility for major computer support for a multi-state region. Our systems ran factories, were the heart of banking operations and in truth were critical to a wide variety of organizations. It was not unusual for us to require a critical part to be taken to an airport put on a chartered plane to be met upon landing by someone who would rush the needed part to be installed so that a computer could be put back in operation. Sadly the person who got what we needed and rushed to the airport seldom realized the value of their contribution. What I did was initiate a Silent Partner award that included how what they had done allowed a business to get back in operation saving thousands of dollars and untold lost production. Our corporate president heard about the award and added his written congratulations to each winner. The results were amazing and I learned just how important it is to recognize those who make what we do work and to let them know we appreciate it.
As the years have gone by I have come to realize that often we are our own silent partners, seldom stopping to give ourselves a pat on the back for the little things we do that contribute to the greater good. For example just a smile offered to a stranger will often make their day. So don’t view the good things you do as being unimportant for it is through your caring that you help make the world a little better than it would have been without you.
The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.
I often resend the same thing if this is one you have seen before forgive me but I think it is worth repeating.
Things I Have Learned…
I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night" Age 6
I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7
I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. Age 12
I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14
I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15
I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24
I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures. Age 26
I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29
I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe Age 39
I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it. Age 42
I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44
I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 45
I’ve learned that YOUR dance will forever heal you. Age 46
I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47
I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48
I’ve learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49
I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 52
I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53
I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58
I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. Age 61
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66
I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several. Age 75
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. Age 82
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 85
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92
Sometimes Someone need a little something to make them smile and warm their hearts. Ageless
Mostly I’ve Learned… I get too soon old and Too Late smart!
Wealthy people miss one of life’s greatest thrills. Making the last car payment.
A very 90 year-old gentleman, very well dressed, hair well groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a well looked after image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge.
Seated at the bar is an elderly looking lady in her mid eighties.
The gentleman walks over, sits along side of her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, "So tell me, do I come here often?
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
An insurance salesman was trying to persuade a housewife that she should take out life insurance.
"Suppose your husband were to die," he said, "What would you get?"
The housewife thought for a while, and then said, "Oh, a parrot, I think. Then the house wouldn’t seem so quiet."
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.
Christian D. Larsen
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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