DEPRESSION

Attitude, Smattitude

Don’t you get sick of hearing that attitude counts for everything? Don’t you get sick of hearing about people who’ve overcome great obstacles and, of course, it’s always their “great” attitude that got them there.

I mean; it’s such a bore. it’s so trite. The concept is so overworn. Just maintain a positive attitude and everything will turn out great.

Can we be honest here? If a great attitude guaranteed everything would turn out great, don’t you think everyone would develop one? A great attitude doesn’t guarantee a great outcome.

But what’s the alternative? A “bad” attitude?

For sure, a bad attitude certainly doesn’t help a person or a situation. And while a good attitude doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, a bad attitude almost surely predicts a sour one.

Much as I hate to admit it, attitude does make a difference. Not in the outcome but in the person.

I like what John Maxwell says in The Choice Is Yours”.. “Circumstances may not be of your choosing, but your attitude is all yours.”

So, as much as we don’t like the responsibility that such a choice places on us, it’s true nonetheless. So whatever you are facing today, remember that how you choose to view it, the thoughts you choose to think, the spoken or unspoken words you choose to use, those choices are yours..

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  1. Ha ha! I have to disagree, my friend, I have always been told I had a ‘bad attitude’ but that ”bad attitude’ helped me stand up against the monsters who were causing my depression. Yes it’s good to have PMA sometimes, but don’t discount the positives of sometimes turning round to the world and giving a loud, proud RAAAAAAAR! And then there are people who have ‘burn out’ – they really NEED a few months sleep – they’re not burying their heads in the sand and refusing to think positive, they just need time for their wounds to heal.
    Balance I think is the answer – use wisdom to judge what the situation calls for.
    Many blessings, Bia

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    • Ha, ha, right back at you. 🙂

      I call the “bad” attitude you claim to have as a very good attitude. In fact I couldn’t agree with you more

      To me a “fighting” attitude is absolutely a great attitude. I also agree that getting away is indicative of a good attitude. They are both evidence of knowing oneself and doing what is best for oneself. I’m a big “fighter” myself. Right now I’ve retreating at our cabin for some much needed “r” and “r”.

      To me a bad attitude is the kind that causes people to roll over and give up. It’s a “defeatist” kind of attitude. I think that’s what most authors mean when they refer to a bad one.

      So, hah, we DO agree. Thanks for the great conversation. (By the way, I’m posting posting from my phone, so forgive any errors.)

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