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The Joy of Connecting® By Bonnie Ross-Parker


Attitude


You’ve heard it before: “Attitude is everything. It’s not what happens to you that matters – it’s how your mind responds to what happens.” Life is about ‘attitude’.


From where I sit, it’s getting increas- ingly more difficult to maintain a positive mental attitude. Traffic is stressful. Responsible and responsible customer service is a thing of the past. People are over-worked or unemployed. Many households are struggling financially. Finding life balance has become increas- ingly more difficult and especially if you are a mom or working mom. Between family responsibilities, household tasks, carpooling, errands, church/community involvement and time for yourself (if that’s even possible), it’s no wonder that having a positive attitude is challenging.


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When I arrive at LA Fitness at 7:30 every morning (I’m fortunate to work from home), a dedicated group of early risers has already worked out, show- ered, dressed and are on their way to face the daily challenges and demands of their respective jobs! I bet in addi- tion to feeling strong and healthy, this committed group begins their day with a positive attitude because they’re taking time to care for their health. It’s certainly a lesson for us all to consider. When I think of this schedule, there is no way I could handle what others are doing.


Let’s face it. While attitude is an inside job and one that we can control, the world outside of our internal world is impacted by our positive or negative attitude every moment of every day. What are we presenting? Are we cheer-


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ful? Are we grateful? Are we angry? Are we looking at the positive side of situations over which we have control?


“If you can (and I’m not sugge from a bad attitude to mome help. So, maybe someone is la go better than expected an


Are we dealing emotionally and intel- ligently with situations we can’t control? I think it’s extremely difficult and requires determination to prevent external occur- rences from impacting attitude. We wait impatiently for a scheduled appointment and the person we’re meeting is late.


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