Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.
I have learned over the years that my happiness is due in no small part to my attitude. By focusing on the positive we don’t waste time on the debilitating effects of negativism. The bright side of life is as much due to what we chose to see as to all there there is to see. I don’t mean we should ignore the bad stuff but rather that we don’t let it distract us from staying positive.
I honestly feel it is our attitude that defines us. I think the following is true.
Attitude on Life
The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life.
It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than whatever anyone might say or do.
It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill.
The remarkable thing is that we have the choice to create the attitude we have for that day.
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the way people act. We cannot change the inevitable.
The one thing we can change is the only thing we have control over, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what actually happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle in his eye, it because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.
A man called the undertaker one afternoon and sobbed, “This is Mr. Magillicutty. I need you to bury my wife.”
“Mr. Magillicutty? Sidney Magillicutty?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Didn’t I bury your wife 10 years ago?” the undertaker asked.
“I got married again,” the man sobbed.
“Oh,” replied the undertaker. “Congratulations.”
“Out of My Mind — Will Be Back Shortly”
Here are some actual comments made by NYC Teachers on student’s report cards. These comments were made as part of their final narratives.
All the Teachers were reprimanded, but they said it was worth it!
1. “Since my last report, your child has hit rock bottom and has started to dig.”
2. “I would not allow your student to breed.”
3. “Your child has delusions of adequacy.”
4. “Your child is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.”
5. “Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.”
6. “The student has a “full six pack” but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.”
7. “This child has been working with glue too much.”
8. “When your daughter’s IQ reaches 50, she should sell.”
9. “The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train is not coming.”
10. “If this student were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.”
11. “It’s impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000,000 others.”
“Growing Old Is Mandatory — Growing Up Is Optional”
The little boy greeted his grandmother with a hug and said, “I’m so happy to see you, Grandma. Now maybe Daddy will do the trick he has been promising us.”
The grandmother was curious. “What trick is that, dear?” she asked.
The little boy replied, “I heard Daddy tell Mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit us again!”
“It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.”
An elderly man was driving down the freeway, and the car phone rings. Answering, he found it was his son’s voice urgently warning, “I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on I-285. Please! Be careful!”
“Hey!” said the senior citizen, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”
The school of agriculture’s dean of admissions was interviewing a prospective student, “Why have you chosen this career?” he asked.
“I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father,” the student replied.
“Your father made a million dollars in farming?” echoed the dean much impressed.
“No,” replied the applicant. “But he always dreamed of it.”
“Statistics Means Never Having to Say you’re Certain”
Barbara said, I returned to my parents’ home to attend a funeral. At the funeral my mother led me to a man who looked vaguely familiar. “Barbara, remember Rabbi Green?” she asked as she left me in his company.
I frantically tried to place him, and suddenly it came to me. He must be the kind man who, five years earlier, had officiated at my grandmother’s funeral. “It’s good to see you again, Rabbi,” I said. “Though I wish it weren’t always under such tragic circumstances. “The rabbi looked perplexed but uttered some words of consolation before he was called away. A few minutes later, I rejoined my mother.
“Imagine,” she whispered, “after all this time, to run into the rabbi who performed your wedding!”
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
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