I blog of this today because I think a good attitude is one of the most important tools a caregiver will need. (my opinion)
Upon reflection, I sense in me, a bad attitude from time to time. I don’t like that and have decided to improve in that area. I would like to be a good example. I do well most of the time, but I want to improve.
“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” -Walter Anderson
I have read that behavioral “experts” feel that anytime anger enters a conversation that reasoning is likely to suffer. Stephen Covey said that when anger and/or angry body language begin, that most folks do not hear the content of the conversation from that point on.
I do know that I feel more in control if I handle unsettling input in a somewhat stoic manner.
stoic – a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining
Pretending to have a good attitude may not last, unless you see immediate benefits from it. I have a bunch of years of experience wearing a good attitude at times and a bad one others. I know the benefits of having a good attitude, but struggle with being impetuous anyway. I want to improve.