A Simple Way to Change Your Attitude
Working from home spoils you. Especially in the winter. The working conditions are awesome. It’s nice not to have to go out into the cold and snow. You get to set up your office the way you want it. If you decide you want to work in your lounge clothes all day you can. You never have to deal with the traffic. So when I learned I had to go to Park City, today, which is about an hour from my home, I was not looking forward to it. That meant I had to get up early and go out into the freezing cold weather, which this morning was about 10 degrees.
As I sat up the night before contemplating the following day that I was not looking forward to, I decided to try and change my attitude. I went into the day with the intention of getting one question answered.
What have I enjoyed today?
That question completely shifted my focus. It changed what I paid attention to during the day, and it actually made a difference.
I found that I enjoyed being alone with my thoughts during the ride. It’s a beautiful drive up the canyon to Park City, so I just enjoyed the view while I thought about life and dreams and goals. After awhile I turned on my music which I always enjoy, especially when I am alone, because I get to turn it up as loud as I want. I cranked it up and sang along to Queen, Eric Clapton, Adele and Joan Jett, I Love Rock and Roll.
Another thing I enjoyed was having lunch at a place called Red Rock Junction. Their Chicken Caesar Salad is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Good food. Good company. Awesome restaurant. Here’s the street where the restaurant is located, before the hustle and bustle of the day began. Quiet, serene and crisp, cold air.
On the ride home, my attempt at having a better attitude got derailed for a moment when a driver behind me on the freeway became impatient. You know the kind. They get right on your tail and push you to go faster, which usually has the opposite effect. Finally I succumbed and moved over into the other lane so the car could pass me. As it whizzed by me in a fury, a cop car nestled underneath the overpass turned his lights on and went after him. I have to admit, there was a little part of me that enjoyed that too.
The best part of the day was when I got home. There waiting at the door with his tail wagging feverishly back and forth, was my dog Bernie. Excited to see me, as usual. There’s nothing quite like a dog’s love. Pure and unconditional. It has been said that having a dog can extend your life by 10 years. What a wonderful thought.
The only difference between a good day and a bad day, is your attitude. Had I gone into the day sulking like I was the night before, I would have had a horrible day. Sometimes you just need an attitude adjustment. Next time that happens to you, try doing what I did. Go into your day with the intention of getting one question answered.
What have I enjoyed today?
Maybe it will change your day for the better too.
About the Author
Linda Higgins is an inspirational writer who loves to ponder the power and presence of love through her short stories, poems, articles and videos. Visit some of her reading rooms at www.inspirationbylinda.com.
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