An ‘attitude adjustment’ could benefit the nation

Attitude seems to be a major part of our lives and governs our actions. Attitude establishes our own personal characteristics that are reflected either good or bad by those who surround us. And with the attitudes I see displayed today across our nation, it appears too many of us are in need of a good “attitude adjustment.”
Over the years the Betterhalf has on many occasions reminded me -- sometimes harshly and sometimes in a somewhat loving comment -- for my need to make an attitude adjustment. In an effort to appease her and improve my attitude, I recently came across some age-old comments about the importance of attitude. Among them was this statement made over a century ago: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
Here are some other observations:
People are always blaming their circumstances. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get up in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.
We’re just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.
 All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
Henry Ford added this one: “If you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right!”
A minister was very fond of cherry brandy, and one of his congregation thought he would play a joke on him. “I’ll give you a bottle of cherry brandy,” he said, “if you promise to acknowledge it in the church bulletin.”
The minister undertook to do this. In due course a paragraph appeared in the bulletin thanking the donor for his gift and the spirit in which it was given.
Did you ever wonder just what a dog would do if he caught the car?
A friend of mine was asked, “Have you ever read the book, ‘Man, the Ruler of His Home’?” He replied, “No. I don’t read fiction.”
Just a reminder, May 25th (tomorrow) is National Tap Dance Day. Who sez we don’t have enough special days throughout the year?
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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