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Attitude…

Recently, I’ve come to regard attitude as a valuable, but often overlooked commodity.  A week ago, the following quote arrived in my inbox via a financial independence newsletter:  “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives”(William James).  A few days ago, my aunt relayed the following story (without providing any attribution):

 An old lady woke up one day, looked in the mirror, and saw only three hairs on her head.  “I think I’ll braid my hair today, and have a good day”, said the lady, and that’s just what she did.  The next day the old lady woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw only two hairs on her head.  “I think I’ll part my hair in the middle today, and have a good day”, said the lady, and that’s just what she did.  On the third day, the old lady work up, looked in the mirror, and saw NO hairs on her head!  She immediately exclaimed, “Oh goody! I don’t have to do my hair anymore, I think I’ll have a great day!”, and that’s just what she did.

In my neck of the woods, anecdotal data suggest that it’s far easier to expend one’s energy attempting to control/influence external realities, while ignoring one’s internal attitude.  Could it be that we too easily get the cart before the horse by failing to challenge our attitudes?

 

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