Friday, January 28, 2011

Attitude Adjustment

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, 
but life itself would come to be different.  
~Katherine Mansfield

About halfway through each of my rotations, the kids and I need attitude adjustments.  They seem to get squirrelly, I tend to get more tired & impatient.  This week, I have found myself having to remind my bears more than usual to stop whining, cease complaining, desist in their crankiness and reset their mood.  Tisk, tisk, I think to myself, why do my toddlers make life so much harder on themselves by succumbing to bad moods?

Then I realized the other day, as I overheard another hospital worker complain on and on about her day and inconveniences, that no matter our age, we are all prone to succumb to bad attitudes.  Her complaints rang loud in my ears, but I wondered, how often do I let my complaining and negativity run amuck unchecked?   

Nothing ruins the potential of a day, distracts us from doing good work, sours moods or affects relationships like a bad attitude.  As often as I try to instruct my toddlers on the merits of changing their attitude, I ought to remind myself.  Getting out of work late?  Be thankful to get to go home!  Dinner not made?  Be thankful that we have food in the cupboards!  Responsibilities overwhelming at home or work?  Be thankful for the faculties to tackle them!  

There now, Queen B, isn't that better?


B-Mama said...

This is a gem, Queen B. I couldn't agree more. I wonder how often my own sour attitude turns the kids down the same road. Thanks for the great reflection!

Anonymous said...

It's true, Queen B. And the Serenity Prayer is also helpful: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Love! Bette