June 13, 2022
Attitude is everything, so pick a good one.
It’s Monday and it is June. We get to do some good things this week if we have the energy. I know there is a lot going on at my place I hope there is at yours as well. It is good to know that no matter how old we are there is still plenty of things for us to do.
Having the right attitude is the key to staying as positive as we can be. Here is a piece I got from Angel Chernoff that works for me.
3 Keys to Keeping Your Attitude UP When Life Brings You DOWN
1. The older we grow, the more centered we tend to become. Life enlightens us gradually as we age. We begin to realize how much nonsense we have wasted time on. So just do your best right now to feel the peace that flows from your decision to rise above the petty distractions that don’t really matter.
2. Pause and appreciate your recent progress. You’ve been through a lot, but you’ve grown a lot too. Give yourself genuine credit for your resilience, and how far you have come.
3. Don’t stop learning. Don’t stop investing in yourself. Study. Read. Devour new ideas. Engage with people, including those who think differently. Ask questions. Listen closely. And don’t just grow in knowledge. Be a person who gives back. Put someone else at the center, and use what you’re learning to make a difference. I promise doing so will lift your spirits.
Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.
A comely redhead was thrilled to have obtained a divorce and dazzled by the skill and virtuosity of her lawyer, not to mention his healthy income and good looks. In fact, she realized, she had fallen head over heals in love with him, even though he was a married man.
“Oh, Sam,” she sobbed at the conclusion of the trial, “isn’t there some way we can be together, the way we were meant to be?”
Taking her by the shoulders, Sam proceeded to scold her, “Snatched drinks in grimy bars on the edge of town, lying on the phone, hurried meetings in sordid motels rooms – is that really what you want for us?”
“No, no…” she sobbed, heartsick.
“Oh,” said the lawyer. “Well, it was just a suggestion.”
If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
A man writing at the post office desk was approached by an older fellow with a postcard in his hand. The old man said, “Sir, I’m sorry to bother you, but could you address this postcard for me? My arthritis is acting up today and I can’t even hold a pen.”
“Certainly sir,” said the younger man, “I’d be glad to.”
He wrote out the address and also agreed to write a short message and sign the card for the man.
Finally, the younger man asked, “Now, is there anything else I can do for you”?
The old fellow thought about it for a moment and said, “Yes, at the end could you just add, ‘P.S.: Please excuse the sloppy handwriting'”?
I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
The monitor confirmed cardiac arrest as an elderly man suddenly lost consciousness. After about 20 seconds of resuscitation, he came to. Explaining to him that his heart had momentarily stopped, I asked if he remembered anything unusual during that time.
“I saw a bright light,” he said, “and in front of me a man dressed in white.”
Zeroing in on this near-death impression, I inquired if he could describe the figure.
“Sure, doctor,” he replied. “It was you.”
The best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.
If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
The manager of a ladies’ dress shop realized it was time to give one her sales clerks a little talking-to. “Judy, your figures are well below any of our other salespeople’s. In fact, unless you can improve your record soon, I’m afraid you’ll have to let you go.”
“I’m sorry, Ma’am,” said a humbled Judy. “Can you give me any advice on how to do better?”
“Well, there is an old trick I can tell you about. It sounds silly, but it’s worked for me in the past. Get hold of a dictionary and go through it until you come to a word that had particular power for you. Memorize it, work it into your sales pitch whenever it seems appropriate, and you’ll be amazed at the results.” Sure enough, Judy’s sales figures went way up, and at the end of the month, the manager called her in again and congratulated her. “Did you try my little trick?” she asked.
Judy nodded. “It took me a whole weekend to find the right word, but I did: ‘fantastic.'”
“‘Fantastic.’ What a good word,” said the manager encouragingly. “How have you been using it?”
“Well, my first customer on Monday was a woman who told me her little girl had just been accepted at the most exclusive prep school in the city.” I said, ‘Fantastic.’ She went on to tell me how her daughter always got straight A’s and was the most popular girl in her class, I said ‘Fantastic’ and she bought $300 worth of clothing.
My next customer said she needed a formal dress for the spring ball at the country club, which she was in charge of. I said ‘Fantastic.’ She went on to tell she had the best figure of anyone on the committee and her husband makes the most money. I said ‘Fantastic’ and she not only bought the designer gown, but hundreds of dollars of other merchandise.
It’s been like that all week: the customers keep boasting, I keep saying ‘Fantastic’, and they keep buying.”
“Excellent work, Tina,” complimented her boss. “Just as a point of interest, what did you use to say to customers before you discovered your power word?”
Tina shrugged. “I used to say, “Do I look like I care?”
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
Beca Lewis Allen
Old Rabbi Wolfson was begging his board of directors to buy a new chandelier for the synagogue. Pleading for more than an hour, he sat down sullen and hopeless in his ambition to acquire a chandelier.
Then the elder president of the board stood up. “What’re we wasting time talkin’ for?” he said rhetorically. “Foist of all, a chandelier, … we ain’t got nobody who could even spell it. Second, we ain’t got nobody who could even play it. And third, what we need most in the synagogue is more light!”
Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities.
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