“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill
Change your outlook, change your life. I have always been a positive person, the one to look on the bright side, see the glass half full. Growing up, I was always smiling and happy; I rarely let negativity affect me.
But, as I got older, and life got more difficult, I let negativity win over occasionally. Still, I always tried my best to stay positive, at the time, not realizing how much of an effect that attitude had on my life.
My first realization of this happened back in college, in one of my favorite professor’s classes. Brother Ray was one of the most inspirational people I knew, always trying to get us to make the most of our lives and stretch ourselves beyond our limits. I took two of his classes, and continued to learn more and more about myself with each one.
But, one of the most memorable lessons was the day Brother Ray taught us the meaning of MOOMBA: My Only Obstacle Must Be Attitude. We learned it, chanted it, and wore a yellow piece of yarn around our wrists as a daily reminder not to let our attitudes get in the way of our capabilities.
At the tender age of twenty, I ate this up. I always tried to keep my head high and my attitude positive, but of course, there were ups and downs along the way. However, I never let it fully get to me.
Until the time I did. At 25, I hit a rough patch, and I had a hard time getting through it. This was nothing I couldn’t handle, but I slipped into some sadness I couldn’t shake, until the lessons I learned in Brother Ray’s class came rushing back to me.
I was in the middle of getting my Master’s of Education and was taking a graduate class, one quite similar to the classes I took with Brother Ray. It was here, that my professor introduced me to The Secret. All of a sudden, everything came full circle. Attitude was the key to everything and that attitude needed to be one that was positive.
From here, I turned my life around. I added positivity and gratitude to each day. I began to travel more, which added to my overall happiness. I even started this blog, and began to, overall, live and lead a happier, healthier, more positive life.
Of course, it hasn’t been free from troubles; there have been ups and downs along the way, but overall, I keep actively working on my attitude and staying positive. It’s as Elizabeth Gilbert says in Eat, Pray, Love,
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
And, I truly do believe this, however, there is one area that has needed help for as long as I can remember, my complete and utter detestation of winter. Yes, yes, I know, how can someone so open to the world hate one entire season? Honestly, I can’t tell you, but I did, for years.
Until 2013 rolled along, and I realized all the opportunities that were waiting for me during these cold and snowy months. Which is why, I set out to fall in love with winter, and fall I did. Hard.
Winter 2013 has been one of the best of my life, and I have to admit, that as much as I love spring, I’m not exactly ready to say good-bye to winter. Yes, I’ve had wonderful experiences: skiing, winter hiking, an ice hotel, and ice fishing, but there’s still so much I want to do. I know that I’ll have other winters to snowboard, dog sled, cross country ski, and snowshoe, but I feel like I want to do it all this very moment.
Unfortunately, I doubt I’ll be able to do it all this year, but the good news is, I’ve fallen completely in love with winter, which I thought would never happen. It was as simple as looking for the bright side and finding the positives in the season that completely changed my outlook on my life.
Now, I’m ready to see what else the next few weeks have in store, including some possibly opportunities to get some last minute winter activities in, and I am keeping that positive attitude no matter what the weather brings. Along the way, I will be keeping in mind what I learned that Spring Semester in Brother Ray’s class; I refuse to let my attitude get in the way of my life.