There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~ W. Clement Stone
Attitude often is everything – as cliché as it sounds. I see this consistently in all areas of my life – home and work. We can greatly change the outcome of the circumstances we encounter with our choice of response to the circumstances. As a person who supervises a staff of over 30, I see how individuals react to many different scenarios. I find that some people will react to a tough circumstance with anger, while others accept the reality and quickly move into coping with the situation at hand. I also see some people who are more likely to spread negative information about individuals, while others care very much about preserving relationships and not gossiping or dishonoring their colleagues.
Today, 140 days ’til 40, I remind myself that I have the power to change a situation by the way I choose to react. I will leave you with a beautiful Cherokee Legend ~ one of my favorites.
A Cherokee Legend
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”