Saturday, November 24, 2012

What is Positive Attitude?


One of the most wonderful things about having a positive attitude is
the number of people it touches, many times in ways you'll never know.

Recently, I stopped by a convenience store to get a newspaper and a
pack of gum. The young woman at the checkout counter said, "That'll be
five dollars please" and as I reached into my wallet, the thought
occurred to me that a newspaper and gum didn't quite make it to five
dollars. When I looked up to get a "re-quote", she had a big smile on
her face and said, "Gotcha! I got to get my tip in there somehow!" I
laughed when I knew I'd been had. She then glanced down at the paper I
was buying and said, "I'm sick and tired of all this negative stuff on
the front pages. I want to read some good news for a change." She then
said, "In fact, I think someone should just publish a Good News
newspaper - a paper with wonderful, inspirational stories about people
overcoming adversity and doing good things for others. I'd buy one
every day!" She then thanked me for coming in and said, "Maybe we'll
get lucky tomorrow; maybe we'll get some good news" and she laughed.
She made my day.
The following day after my business appointments, I dropped by the same
store again to pick up bottled water, but a different young lady was
behind the counter. As I checked out I said, "Good afternoon" and
handed her my money for the water. She said nothing – not a word, not a
smile...nothing. She just handed me my change and in a negative tone,
ordered..."Next! "
It hit me right between the eyes: Two people, same age; one made me
feel great, and the other, well, made me feel that I had inconvenienced
her by showing up.
By the choices we make, by the attitudes we exhibit, we are influencing
lives every day in positive or negative ways.....our family, our peers,
our friends, and even strangers we've never met before and will never
meet again.
So when you brush your teeth every morning, and get ready for work, ask
yourself this important question, "Who do I want to be today?" "The
Grouch" or "The Good News Girl?" Your answer will go a long way toward
determining your success in business and in life. [Please forward this mail to
as many people as you can, it touched your life, now let it touch someone else’s.]

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