Today we complete the series on the twenty most important things I have learned from others.
I control my attitude
Thirty years ago this would have been my number one. For the past ten years it hasn’t even been on my list. Now it’s back. Why?
Let’s be honest, the last two years have been a train wreck. With a pandemic, war, angry politics, a drug epidemic, climate change, etc… it doesn’t look like it is going to get any easier. For the past months (3, 6, 12, 24?) I have privately been wallowing in the pain and despair I see around me. But I don’t have to.
I am not being pollyannish. The simple truth is that of 1000 people, 999 of them are good people. Flawed, lost, angry, in pain, but still, good people. I can choose to hold onto that and let it feed me. I can choose to embrace the fact that I control my attitude and that I can choose to be a lighthouse – a person who makes those 999 people feel and be better.
And it is not pollyannish, because in serving others I will be happier too.
This is the last of our series. If you think I missed something, email me here and share your piece of wisdom.
I’ll be away from email for a while, but please feel free to respond to this series and I will get back to you after my return.
Do good and be well,