Your attitude makes a difference

“The last of human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Victor Frankl

When Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist was imprisoned in the death camps of Nazi Germany he stood face to face with probably the most horrible ordeal of his life. Apart from his sister, he witnessed the loss of his entire family – his wife, his parents and his brother. They either died in the camps or were sent to the gas ovens. He was tortured and suffered countless horrors, not knowing if he would be one of the next to be sent to the ovens. It seemed like his captors had stripped him of everything; his family, his possessions and his dignity. But in his captivity he came face to face with a reality of what his captors could not take from him – his ability to decide within himself how this was going to affect him. In other words, he could choose his attitude. He later came to call this “the last of the human freedoms.” Frankl discovered that his attitude was a choice. He used both his memory and imagination to create within him a future of hope. And in doing so he became an inspiration to the other captives.

When we understand that our attitude is a matter of choice and not chance we can go far. But the noblest attitude is not only the positive one, it’s the one where there’s a vision and a plan behind it. Where there is no purpose a positive attitude can end up misguided. And once it’s misguided it’s unlikely that it will last.

“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: Let Him be your example in humility…” Philippians 2:5 AMP

Jesus Christ left us the perfect example of how our attitude should be. He not only had a positive attitude, He had a winning attitude. The purpose in front of Him was to please The Father. His incentive was the joy of being with His Father (Hebrews 12:2) knowing that He had done His will and saved mankind.

Someone once said, your attitude decides your altitude. Our attitude is one of the primary factors that decide whether we will persevere towards success in life. If our attitude is right we can conquer any obstacle in life. That reminds me of a story I once read. Allow me to share it…A grandfather went to visit his grandchildren and when he was there he fell asleep on the couch for one of his afternoon naps. But while he was sleeping his grandchildren played a practical joke and stuck Limburger cheese on his moustache. So when grandpa woke up he said to himself “This room stinks!” and proceeded to go to the kitchen. Well the smell didn’t go away and he soon yelled out “…the kitchen stinks to!” So he decided to go outside for some fresh air. When he got outside he was surprised that the open air was just as bad and declared “The whole world stinks!”

The whole world doesn’t have to stink…your attitude is a choice.

God bless and protect
Chidi

www.thetotalman.com

Quote of the week:
“Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.” - Earl Nightingale

 

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