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Little Miss Positive Pants.

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. emoticon
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    Great blog! The nature of what you do places you in a tough environment, but your attitude surely can touch lives, even though it may not feel that way at times. You are appreciated!

    2012 days ago
    I APPRECIATE what you do! It is so important for our protection! But then you don't deal with too many people who feel that way huh? You're right about attitude. It makes all the difference. I think that's why this site is so good because you can get positive reinforcement here.

    Keep up the good work!
    2013 days ago
  • MLH148
    A quote I really took to heart is " You have the right to be angry. You don't have the right to be cruel.". It is so easy to snap back but like you, i try to be positive, looking for the good.
    Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon
    2013 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    That is so strong! I work my positive 'tude every day. Sometimes, it can be some powerful stuff. I'll be you might have touched people in the right way! Thanks for sharing, stay in that positive state, and be strong.
    2013 days ago
    Thanks for the positive blog! and your good attitude, Little Miss Positive Pants. I have a note on my bathroom mirror that says "It's all in the Attitude!" to remind me to stay as positive as possible. And good for you for getting outside and walking. I'm glad the heat isn't getting to you! So, keep up the good work!!
    2013 days ago
    Doing CPS (sexual abuse investigations was my specialty) all those years, I understand exactly how you feel. What I always do, though , is look for the child inside that was hurt somehow or changed somehow to become the angry/hurtful individual in front of me. Yes, I even learned to have compassion for my perps. But it's tough sometimes... emoticon
    2013 days ago
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