Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Whose got Attitude?

 I just stumbled across the following quote:

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Sir Winston Churchill {1874 -1965}

And it seems that a lot of people don't have a very good attitude towards good health. I also read today that only 10% of American adults get "enough" exercise: combine that with the number of people still smoking cigarettes (have they been living in another universe for the past 10 years and missed all those terribly graphic health warnings on packets of their favourite poison?). And top that off with the vast number of people who are overweight or obese and the outcome will be far more devastating than the Global Financial Crisis, and cost even more in order to dig our way out of the massively increased costs to our health care services.

But it's not just having a "bad attitude" to physical health issues that can make our lives miserable: we need to foster an "Attitude of Gratitude" too. Most of us who are still conscious have been blessed with so many good things in life, yet I suspect that most of us - me included - have failed to pause and give thanks for the great times we have had. Yes, bad things do happen to good people - that's part of the bargain - but good things happen too: loving spouses, good kids and grand kids, a job or hobby where we can use our gifts, being able to support your favourite football/baseball/basketball/rugby team .... the list is endless.

And then there is this awesome world we live in with all it's wonders and delights. I would think that just about everyone on this planet has experienced at least one glorious sunrise or sunset in their lives or seen a rainbow after a shower - simple wonders and delights and they're all free.

Winston was right: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” and if we chose to change our attitude to one of gratitude then not only will we enjoy life a bit more fully, we'll be able to live it a bit more healthily too, AND we might just leave this world in a bit better condition than we found it when we arrived.

Have a great week! 

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1 comment:

Lisa Buben said...

Attitude can really make a difference between a make or break situation.