The Authority of Attitude

Emily - USA
Entered on December 22, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

An attitude is revolutionary. I’ve encountered many situations where I couldn’t control the external factors, but the one, most important, internal factor, my attitude.

There have been plenty of times when I’ve tripped over a rock on the sidewalk. I recall a while ago, when I was younger, I would pick up the rock and throw it across the nearby grass. Later I realized it didn’t do much for me, and I stopped.

But the reason I stopped wasn’t because I could never get the rock in that one pond. My frustration didn’t come from the rock. Throwing the rock is the way I vented my frustration, only to realize that it really did nothing to affect my day.

The deciding factor of what I would do next time I came across a rock which someone “intentionally put there just to throw me” was my attitude.

I believe in the power of an attitude to change a day. In fact, I believe in the power of attitude to change a life. Now, of course tripping over a rock isn’t much, but a sequence of unfortunate events plus tripping over a rock was getting a little tedious. I continued throughout my day complaining and complaining, “things aren’t going right, this has been such a terrible day, I…” I’m sure I annoyed the people around me as much as I did myself, because I can’t even remember some of the mundane stuff I said after that. But, later on in the day, I realized by letting all of those things affect me, I was letting them affect my attitude. But, life was simply “bad” because I was making it bad. By continuously and monotonously complaining I didn’t get anywhere, and by letting frivolous sequences of events bother me, my mood didn’t improve much, the one thing I had control of. That was the moment when I realized an attitude can change everything. I wasn’t in charge of the external factors that affected me, sure, but I was responsible for how I reacted to them. And it’s true, and attitude is everything in life. Its impact is huge. As I recall Chuck Swindol saying, “I’m convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you”. An attitude? Well, it can change everything.