Passing ON What We Feel

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ted Engstrom in High Performance (Here’s Life Publishers, 1988) tells the story of a trusted advisor of President Abraham Lincoln who recommended a candidate for Lincoln’s cabinet. Lincoln declined and when asked why, he said, “I don’t like the man’s face.”

“But the poor man is not responsible for his face,” his adviser insisted. “Every man over forty is responsible for his face,” Lincoln replied, and the prospect was considered no more.

Lincoln, of course, was referring to the man’s expression and disposition rather than his features. A face conveys the thoughts and attitudes nurtured in a mind. We are responsible for how we will “face” each day.

One woman reported that she had just paid for some purchases when she heard the cashier say something. Not understanding, she asked her to repeat it. “I said have a happy day,” the cashier snapped. “Are you deaf?” Here is a person who seems to be unaware of how she is facing others.

Earl Nightingale put it like this: “Our attitude is something we can control. We can establish our attitude each morning when we start our day.

In fact, we do just that whether we realize it or not.”

You are already choosing your attitudes every day. Your ultimate happiness or misery depends as much on your disposition as on your circumstances.

Face the day with hope and confidence, generosity and love, and you’ll find yourself choosing to be happy. And you may be surprised at how much others like your face!

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    Well, it's sounds about right to me... I try to smile and be as polite and nice to everyone as much as I can, because it's really nice when someone treats me that way. I mean, you can't help those days when the world just hammers you down any you want to be left alone, but other than that - every time possible! emoticon
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    When I first wake up I thank God for keeping me safe through the night and thank Him for my many blessings. I decide that whatever the day will bring He will get me through.When you smile others smile with you. If you are a positive force in people's lives(like you are) you make the world a happier place. A Positive Attitude goes a long way into making life bearable in a sometimes rough place. Keep the great blogs coming dear friend!
    1881 days ago
    provoking thanks for posting
    1881 days ago
    So true Be happy not fake happy People now
    1881 days ago
    I like your blog. Thank you for sharing. I also read that whenever we feel down, if we smile even if we don't mean it or feel it, the mind will interpret it as us feeling happy. Interesting, isn't it? Have a great day! emoticon Chelsea
    1881 days ago
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