Sunday, September 12, 2010

52CP36: Change Your Mind

This post is later than I planned on, because this is NOT the post I'd planned... I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a headache and an ATTITUDE, and my whole week has gone wonky, it seems, so I needed an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!!!

A friend of mine in California has three daughters, and when they were cranky/sullen/whatever, she'd say, "You need an attitude adjustment!" and then tackle them and tickle them until they were laughing instead.

This morning on the way to breakfast (a Sunday morning ritual - I thought about bowing out, but we go Greg's parents' afterward to make their breakfast and fill their pill boxes for the week, too) we passed Webster's Pond like we do every week. Geese and ducks live there year-round, and often hang out near the road, and frequently stop traffic to cross it. This particular morning there was one lone goose resting at the side of the road, and Greg and I were tossing around ideas on why it was alone. Was it a "lone wolf" type of goose? Did it piss off the rest of the gaggle? Greg proposed that maybe it had a "quack impediment", but we had to modify it to "honk impediment" since it was a goose, not a duck. For the rest of our drive to the diner Greg tested out various ways to honk like a goose with an impediment - very funny stuff! Needless to say, by the time we arrived at our destination I was feeling much better physically, mentally and emotionally.

This got me to thinking about attitudes and how important they are in so many aspects of our lives. Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or think you can't - either way, you are right." When I was pregnant I learned the truth of focusing on what you can do as opposed to what you can't. If I sat around doing not much, I noticed every ache, pain and discomfort. If I got up and moved around and just did, I felt much, much better! That's true regardless of what ails you!

The Secret is all about attitude as applied to the Law of Attraction. The premise - and truth - is that like attracts like, so if you have a bad attitude or are angry, you will attract more events, circumstances and people who will reinforce those attitudes. If you have a positive outlook, you will attract positive events, circumstances and people. It was noted, too, that you can change your attitude. One suggestion was to put on a piece of music and sing. I was mulling over that suggestion and remembered this song (sorry about the non-video, but I just wanted you to listen to the lyrics, and this is all I could find):

I love that whole idea of "changing your mind" to be someone else - as in a new and improved you - so true! I wanted to make something a little lighthearted for my project, so I altered a wooden block and made this:

Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird; Accessories/tools: Bic and Prismacolor markers, Fiskars Ladybug Kidzsors, Martha Stewart baker's twine, button from stash, computer (Space Toaster font)

I hope you're able to maintain a great attitude this week (or change a bad one)! Here's Mr. Linky:


auntbeespickles said...

Oh Susan, I totally love to read what you blog about everyweek! I don't always get to participate but I wanted to let you know you always get me thinking and I totally love it! You effect me for the positive all the time and thank you so much for that!! I love your project and your outlook on life! Keep it up girl!!

Sue C said...

Thank you so much, Sarah! Your comment couldn't have come at a better time. In my funk this morning before I "changed my mind", I was considering discontinuing this blog. There have been fewer and fewer comments and participants, and it occurred to me to wonder if anyone even bothers to read what I post each week. Then I considered the fact that, although I read numerous blog posts throughout the week, I seldom have time to leave comments on my "fly by" schedule. Maybe, just possibly, that's the case here, too... Aside from that, one of my motivations for starting this blog was to give me at least one moment each week to focus on the positive, in the hope that it would carry over for the other six days. Reason enough, right? Anyway - I so appreciate that you took the time to let me know that there are others who find value here... Thanks again!

Sherry said...

You certainly do have a way of breaking me out of the funk I seem to be in you know that! I read your post and listened to the video and felt immediately better! There's nothing like a great song especially when you can sing it outloud and bob your head it's verying freeing you know?! Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us each week, for staying positive and focused on the things at hand and for giving me the courage to look at things differently when things seem really difficult and fear sets in.. glad your going to keep the blog going!

Jenn Embry said...

Sue this is just what I needed to hear. Thanks so much! You know that expression "having one of those days"? Well I've been having one of those weeks recently. I feel really bad for going off on my poor hubby and kids yesterday, but I finally snapped. The ironic thing is that I feel much better now. LOL But I had been trying all week to tell myself to snap out of it. Attitude is so very important. I know I still have a lot to work on though. I'm glad Greg was able to get you laughing again. I just can't imagine you without smiles and laughter. I hope you have a great week. ((((hugs))))

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Hey,Hey, Susan, I surfaced again. Hope everything is in place for awhile. Each day is a new challenge around here,but I try to practice what's on my card.