Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I read a quote in a Sparkpeople email today, about how the only thing you can really control about anything is your attitude. This is so true, and it touched a nerve with me. I work with the public in a law enforcement setting, so 80% of the public I interact with isn't people like you and me, its people who have beaten family members. People who think stealing is okay when you aren't caught, people who see me as the enemy, as part of "the system" or "the man". Not surprisingly, this is stressful and makes me both angry and sad. And, I must admit, doesn't contribute much to a good attitude.
Through all of this, I really try to treat everyone with respect and understanding, no matter who they are and how they may be treating me. It's hard though, and when the respect isn't returned I find it more difficult to have a positive attitude.
But I want to be positive, so much. I just need to remember that I am in control of my attitude; no one "makes me" lash out at them. No one "makes me" have a bad day. I can do this. My outlook is all I can control, so by golly I am going to control it!
I am having a great week health-wise. I spent half of my lunch taking a brisk walk. It's pretty warm outside, actually its really hot. But I went out and enjoyed the break from work, enjoyed sweating, enjoyed moving. I've noticed in the past few weeks (maybe since some weight has come off?) that I'm not as miserable in the heat as I was. I don't feel sick, I don't feel like I want to lay down and die. I am enjoying being outside. I'm enjoying driving with the windows down rather than cranking up the A/C. Don't get me wrong, its still 95-100 F here, I live in the South, and it's August! It's just nice to feel comfortable without feeling like I have to lock myself in a climate controlled building.
So anyway, everyone have a great day, and remember to keep as bright an outlook as you can! NO ONE can give it to you but YOU.