Attitude Quotes to Adjust your Weekend

Posted February 10, 2012 by Denise Gangnes
Is it just me or was this the longest week ever? I blame it on the moon. Scientists confirm that the moon slows down the rotation of the earth... is it possible that a full moon makes the days seem longer? But it's the weekend... time to adjust our attitude so we can fully enjoy the glorious onslaught of those precious 48 to 60 hours of relaxation and/or productivity (depending how much sleep you have planned).

Attitude quotes are helpful reminders that we control the vertical and horizontal hold... wait, that's isn't that from the Twilight Zone? But you understand where I'm going with this. As American author Brian Tracy explains it, "You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you." Radio host and Pastor Charles Swindoll put it this way: "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it."

So, say you're stuck in traffic heading home from work or on the way to the movies. You impatiently sit there fuming (or are those the fumes of the car in front of you?). Instead of getting frustrated, try making the time productive by thinking about how you're going to decadently indulge your spouse on Valentine's Day or take a napkin and wipe off that dust that's been collecting on your dashboard.

When you feel down because you had a bad week, think of world leaders who are faced with unending adversity. Dwight D. Eisenhower was credited with the canine-inspired attitude quote, "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog." And Winston Churchill seemed to have no shortage of attitude quotes forming in his massive head. A good example of his incredible constitution is, "If you are going through hell, keep going." Now that's determination!

The "experts" have written tons of books full of attitude quotes. Spencer Johnson, author of the bestseller, "Who Moved my Cheese?" asks the simple question: "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" This is the basic premise of a great movie, "Defending Your Life," a hilarious film with the message that overcoming fear is the key to living a full and satisfying life. And after all, isn't fear just an attitude?

Successful football coach Vince Lombardi was a virtual encyclopedia of attitude quotes, many along the lines of "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." Those words must have been on the mind of Eli Manning last weekend. He was sacked several times early in the Superbowl before turning things around for the Giants and winning the game in a fantastic finish.

American author Og Mandino encourages us to keep learning in one of his attitude quotes: "Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new." Ok, I have a question: What kind of name is Og anyway? Oh. That's probably not the kind of question he was talking about.

You can always count on proverbs for some colorful attitude quotes. An old Italian proverb offers an unusual perspective, "Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves." Grazie, amico, but I think I'll go with the "lemons and lemonade" analogy... it sounds safer! I like the perspective of Oscar Wilde: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." And while you're down there, take some time to appreciate the luminous light of the moon while it's still mostly full - if you're lucky, somebody may lasso it for you!

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