'Choose Your Attitude'

Yesterday I was able to get in just 25-30 minutes of quilting. I had hoped for more but at least it was something. I define quilting as any part of the process. Yesterday was longarm time. I'm almost done with this charity quilt. After I finish the few rows left on that, I'm hopeful I can return to making blocks for this batik quilt. I really like that some of the blocks have fabrics with similar value while others have more contrast. Once upon a time I wouldn't do a quilt that wasn't symmetrical. I didn't do scrappy either.... I love the way the hobby has evolved for me!

So what does all this have to do with the post title? LOL... I suppose I could find a tie in to choosing how you look at a quilt project but that wasn't what I had in mind. I might break my thoughts on this quote into two posts.

A couple of my coworkers at Petco read this blog occasionally and they will know exactly where the quote comes from. The head of the Premium Seating dept. usually ends each briefing with it. The staff at Petco is known throughout the industry for providing exceptional service due in part to this manager's ability to motivate employees.

I DO like the quote. I believe we do have a lot more control over our attitudes than we think we do. At the beginning of each day I try to find a calm place where I can contemplate the "intention" of the day, mostly in general terms. As the day progresses, I find the need to remind myself of the quote a few times when things don't go as I had invisioned. Some days I struggle to keep a positive, open attitude though. Melancholy sneaks in and can be tough to kick out.

I know I'm a sensitive person so perhaps I struggle with this more than most. I do believe that most conflict is the result of misreading signs and misunderstanding communication. I am consciously working on choosing a positive attitude when faced with the unanticipated. And I try to remind myself that what we are experiencing with others is only a small "tip of the iceberg" in their total day's experience and we have no idea what else they've struggled with.

I guess I'm hopeful that more and more people will choose a more positive attitude. I think the domino effect would be amazing.



Amanda said…
I so agree with you about conflict often being caused by the misreading of signs - now that I'm retired I can really see how that used to happen on a daily basis when I was working. People didn't mean to upset each other, but when you are stressed it is so easy (a) to speak before you think and (b) to fail to listen carefully to what is really being said. Body language falls by the wayside too.
JudyL said…
I agree. Sometimes in the mornings I will tell DS and DH as they're leaving house "smile at the person in the car next to you". Have you ever noticed how sour people look when driving to work?

I also agree that so many conflicts result from misinterpretation. DH is Italian and we fail to communicate on so many levels, which I attribute to our entirely different heritages. We always work through it but I wonder how many times friends or co-workers go their separate ways without working through all these little misinterpretations.
Karen, what beautilful quilts!

And I totally agree with the fact that we can choose our attitudes, and there would be a beautiful domino effect if more of us chose to have a positive attitude more of the time.

I thought you may find relevant this page that I wrote about having a positive attitude:


Best wishes!


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