Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Today's Healthy Reflection:
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.
- John Maxwell, author and public speaker
John Maxwell, Methodist Minister and Leadership Seminar leader, says that we become truly mature when we are willing to take responsibility for our attitudes.
Viktor Frankl, Austrian Psychiatrist and Jew, while an inmate in a Nazi prison camp, discovered what he called, "the last of the human freedoms," and that was the one thing the Nazis couldn't take away. It was his ability to decide within himself how his circumstances were going to affect him. He had the power and the freedom to choose his response to the Nazis.
This is a unique concept. We can choose how we are going to respond in any situation. We do not have to respond to anger with anger. We do not have to respond to road rage by giving the other driver the finger. We do not have to respond to sickness with self-pity. In fact, in all these situations, the "mature" response is probably the opposite of the "normal" response.
I was reminded of this concept recently when reading about the response of my two friends, Polkamama and Paulastras, to enforced bed rest. They have tried to look on the positive side of their problems instead of the negative. No self-pity here, only a positive attitude.
Keep living it, ladies.