Thursday, March 3, 2011

Reflections on Attitude

by Jan Shoop
Today’s reflection is on the word attitude.
I’m looking at a quote I keep on my desk that says,
“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results.”

 I’m not sure who wrote the quote, but I think it is wonderful and a true reflection of living life well. For me that quote has always kept me on track. When I’m having “one of those days” and I read the quote things just seem to get better.

The Oxford Dictionary of Current English defines attitude as:
“1. a way of thinking or feeling about someone or something. 2. a position of the body. 3. self-confident or uncooperative behavior.”

Based on the definition, the word attitude can be used in a positive or negative way. I know I have used the word in both ways. There are times when I’ve thought, “That student definitely has an attitude today.” And there have been times when I have counseled students and told them, “A positive attitude will make your day better.”

I’d love to hear your comments on the word attitude.
  Do you like and regularly use the word attitude or not?
  Does the word attitude have a positive or negative feeling for you?
  What does attitude mean to you?