Friday, August 6, 2010

attitude is everything?

Instead of actually being a blogger, I feel like a blogging poser for how infrequently I keep after my personal blog.

Of late, it's been work, work and more work. But, that's okay because these Milton Hershey students need my time more than I do. I love a job that puts me in the same space with my hubby, doing something that is worthwhile and we enjoy, for 54 hours straight. What right do I have to complain? As W. Bagebot said, "The essence of work is concentrated energy." We've been concentrating quite a bit and using a lot of energy!

What is work? According to the dictionary, work is exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil. Ooh, that sounds delightful! It's all up to you though. The difference betwixt I want to and I have to is your attitude. Jim Stovall wrote in his book, the Ultimate Gift, "He who loves his work never labors." Even if you don't love what your doing, can you still choose to like it? Can you choose to want to go into the office and give it your best?

Winston said it best, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." Thank you, Mr. Churchill. I'm not saying situations are always rosie and that you should be positive all the time. If unethical, illegal, etc activities are taking place at your place of employment, an "I don't want to be here or involved" stance makes sense! But what about all the other occurrences when its not warranted, but you still have that chip on your shoulder, you procrastinate, or whatever other unpleasant attitude that comes to mind? Are you choosing to look for the good?

I leave you with this closing thought from Francesca Reigler as it nicely packages the point of this post, "Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same."

*disclaimer: this post is as much a self-talk message, as a note to the reading public. I am by no means the positive attitude princess.