Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I’ll save you some time. During 2013, just work on one thing. Attitude.
And the best thing about our attitude? We get to choose what it is.
I’ve seen lots of posts on blogs lately that are written about this time of year as if the holidays are something terrible. All the rushing around before Christmas, parties, family obligations, not enough time, and stress about what to buy for whom. I’m still waiting on my present by the way.
And then I saw a post the other day which said the week between Christmas and New Years is a difficult time of year. Because there is a let down and emptiness after Christmas is over and maybe you didn’t get the presents you wanted. Blah blah boo hoo etc. etc. blah blah etc.
And other posts about how people hate to travel during the holidays. The crowds at the airport. You get the idea.
Good grief. Some people can find find stress in having too many parties or spending too much time with friends and family. And other people can find emptiness in the fact that Christmas is over or a new year is starting. Or just the simple act of traveling is upsetting to some.
A crowded airport
I was going through security at the airport the other day and in front of me was a mom and dad with 3 little kids under the age of 6. And mom and dad were talking to the kids about what to do with their shoes, coats, and carryon bags. The conversation wasn’t about how dreadful the airport was and the long security line. They were talking about everything as if it was all part of a big game and adventure. And it is . . . if that’s your attitude.
We got through security and the mom was telling the kids what a great job they did in keeping track of their stuff. The kids were all pleased like they had just won some kind of championship. I was sitting there putting my shoes on and the little girl who was about 6 years old gave me a “high-five.” And why not? After all we just won the “security game” and now we’re about to get a on a plane and fly 6 miles in the air at 500 miles an hour. That sounds like a great adventure to me and I’m not even 6 years old.
And this was all at 7:00 a.m. on December 27th, two days after Christmas. Shouldn’t they have been stressed out and unhappy because it’s the holidays, the airport was crowded, and they had to get up early? Well, it depends on their attitude.
I just read a post by Joel Runyon which said to start your New Year’s resolutions today but it was dated December 29, 2012. Joel said to go ahead and start because there’s no need to wait for a new year or a even a new week. Go ahead and start.
Why didn’t he talk about the post-Chirstmas blues? Or recovering from all the pre-Christmas stress? Instead of writing about what some people find wrong in life, he’s talking about taking action and how there’s no need to wait. Don’t wait, start now. A different attitude? Absolutely. And that makes all the difference.
What’s your attitude doing for you? Is it taking you where you want to go? If your attitude isn’t helping then what are you going to do about it?
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