“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.“ ~ Viktor E. Frankl

Your Attitude = Your Altitude

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” ~ John Lubbock


magine an emotions chart. On the bottom would be anger, resentment, depression, frustra-

tion, doubt, worry, and hopeless- ness. At the top would be joy, en- thusiasm, passion, and optimism. So what moves you up and down the chart? Is it outside events? The things that happened to you? I say no – it’s your attitude about the things that happened to you.

Don’t think that’s true? Well let me make a case for this argument. I chose the two quotes at the top of this article for a reason. The fi rst one is from Viktor Frankl, who was a concentration camp survivor. So if the outside events were the ones that powered your life what hope could he have of thriv- ing? Instead, he demonstrated that even in the cruelest of instances, his attitude framed the event. His attitude had more power than the outside force, thus his life was defi ned from a point of power rather than a point of helplessness. In the most

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The more responsibility you can take for your attitude the more joy you allow into your life.

The second quote shows us how attitude creates our world. This concept is best described by a West African folktale that goes like this:

literal sense, your attitude defi nes your altitude on the emotions chart.

What are the reasons you are telling your- self for your attitude? Are you blaming your circumstances for how you feel? Or are you intentionally choosing to shift your perspective every time life throws you a curve ball?

There was once an elderly and wise gentleman who lived in a village. He would often spend his days sit- ting in the shade of a big tree in the center of the village, reading books and talking to passersby. One day, a traveler came upon his village and stopped and said, “Old man, I

have been traveling across the countryside, and I have seen many things and met many people. Can you tell me what kind of people I will fi nd in your village?”

The elderly gentleman looked up at him and replied, “Certainly I can, but fi rst tell me what kind of people you have found on your travels.”

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