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"It's not how you look at things that changes things; it's how you change things that changes things." Tumbleweed

As I look over my writings, both on the Bible studies and commentaries on life in general; it appears to me that I have a very negative attitude and outlook. I like to think of my attitude as "realistic" rather than "negative." But is it?

Is my attitude realistic? Is it negative? And if it is either of these, should it be what it is, or should my attitude be positive in spite of reality?


It is common today to hear it said that we must have a positive attitude toward all things. To have other than a positive outlook causes people to shy away from you and pay you no mind. After all, who wants to hear someone complain, about anything, be it real or imagined?

I know people who are very happy ignoring the state of affairs of the world and the direction it is taking. That does not mean that they are unaware of such events; after all, they watch TV, the news, and they read the newspaper, so they have to know even more about current events than I do, because I ignore completely all news reports and current events posted in the media.

I ignore the news, yet what little filters into my awareness disturbs me. Meanwhile, those who are bombarded with the news on a daily bases, seem to be unaffected by what they hear. Does this seem odd to you?

It seems odd to me.


A mother or a nurse, surrounded by screaming, bawling babies can ignore the cries as she goes about her business attending to that which most needs attending to. But a mother with just one child crying will likely pull her hair out from frustration and an intense desire to appease the squalling one.

One fingerprint on the fender of that shiny new car and it is immediately eliminated. Three years later "wash me" written in dust on the rear window is totally ignored.


Like the frog in the boiling pot, I believe that society has become immune to the likelihood and the evidences of impending world destruction. And why not? Since I was a youngster under the Kennedy Administration I have heard about the strong likelihood of having an Atom Bomb dropped on my head. And my first few years of life was during a time when the entire world was at war with one another, trying to be the one to press the final button of destruction.


Yet we are still here. The only difference between then and now, is the lack of concern for the very same potentialities.


And perhaps this is a good thing. It seems to me that ignorance is bliss. I am glad that people are ignorant of the future, and the realities of today. They are happy. And if they comprehended that following the dictates of the day means destruction to the soul and the Spirit, it would change nothing, except to perhaps cause them to be a little more miserable.

And I wouldn't want that.


I say, if you are content with life, then by all means keep a positive attitude, and above all, ignore my website at all cost.


A positive attitude. That is the cry of the day. Think yourself to happiness. Think yourself thin. Watch for the good and ignore the bad. I'm ok; You're ok.

Good advise. (?)

Let's see how that modern attitude would have looked in days gone by.


"Don't worry, Eve; after all, it's just a piece of fruit, and you know God wants us to have what's good for us. Besides, hee hee, we're all He's got, He's not going to do anything to us."


"Flood? What flood? Stop wasting your time on that boat, Noah, and enjoy life. Life's short you know. Grab all the gusto you can from it while you've got it."


"Don't worry, Moses; after all, it's just a golden statue, and you know God wants us to have what's fun for us. Besides, hee hee, we're all He's got, He's not going to do anything to us."


"Greece fall? Don't be silly. We'll be around forever. We're too wise and powerful to ever fall."


"Rome fall? Don't be silly. We'll be around forever. We're too wise and powerful to ever fall."


"Depression? Don't be silly. We're the greatest and richest nation in the world. Our economy will always be strong."


"Germany? Hitler? We'll stay out of this war. It's none of our business."


"Japan attack the USA? Ha!!"


"We're going to waltz right into Iraq to the applause of the people, and waltz right out again. It'll be over in a week with not a single life lost."


Well, of course what I've written above is mere fantasy. Just idle talk. A pessimistic view of a positive attitude.

That's me. Now let's see what the experts have to say;


Tumbleweed

Quotes

 

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." ~Herm Albright

"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?" ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." ~Anthony J. D'Angelo

"If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want." ~Oscar Wilde

"Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." ~Voltaire

"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet." ~Ancient Persian Saying

"If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one." ~Cavett Robert

"It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to." ~Annie Gottlier

"Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left." ~Hubert Humphrey

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~Winston Churchill

"Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day." ~Author Unknown

"The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." ~George Santayana

"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same." ~Francesca Reigler

"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." ~Mary Engelbreit

"So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key." ~The Eagles

"The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders." ~Foster's Law

"He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts." ~Samuel Johnson

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious." ~Bill Meyer

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde

"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." ~ Jonathan Swift( or) Benjamin Franklin

"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have." ~Ken S. Keyes, Jr.

"Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it." ~Joe Clark

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." ~Scott Hamilton

"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm." ~Vince Lombardi

"My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants." ~J. Brotherton

"There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly." ~Publius Terentius Afer

"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." ~Abraham Lincoln

"Just because you're miserable doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life." ~Annette Goodheart

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." ~Albert Camus

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." ~Buddha

"There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes."~William J. Bennett,

"I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow." ~Abraham Lincoln

"Being in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health." ~Author Unknown

"Got no checkbooks, got no banks, Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night." ~Irving Berlin

"To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell." ~Ancient Proverb

"Make your optimism come true." ~Author Unknown

"True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it." ~Confucius

"I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains." ~Anne Frank

"The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations." ~Eli Khamarov

"Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises." ~William Shakespeare

"Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox." ~English Proverb

"Say you are well, or all is well with you, And God shall hear your words and make them true."~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone." ~Robert Frost

"If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes." ~William James

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye." ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818

"When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long." ~Author Unknown

"What is possible? What you will." ~Augustus and Julius Hare

"Good fortune shies away from gloom. Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things." ~Glorie Abelhas

"Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different." ~Katherine Mansfield

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault

"Let me enjoy the earth no less Because the all-enacting Might Which fashioned forth its loveliness Had other aims than my delight." ~Thomas Hardy

"Whenever you fall, pick something up." ~Oswald Avery

"Success is due less to ability than to zeal." ~Charles Buxton

"My father's nature turned out no waste product; he had none of that useless stuff in him that lies in heaps near factories. He took his own happiness with him." ~Margot Asquith

"Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you." ~Author Unknown

"We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them." ~Elbert Hubbard

"If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one..." ~William Cowper

"I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?" ~Henry Moore

"We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt..." ~Dorothy Day

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else." ~Winston Churchill

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog." ~Dwight Eisenhower

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith

"Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune." ~Walt Whitman

"No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it." ~Ellen Glasgow

"I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution." ~Wernher von Braun

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

"There's a saying among prospectors: 'Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find.'" ~Robert Flaherty

"I've got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I'm blue." ~Author Unknown

"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it." ~C.C. Scott

"I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope." ~Voltaire

"The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy." ~Eudora Welty

"Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it's looks, most women know otherwise." ~Kathleen Turner

"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold." ~Maurice Setter

"We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails." ~Author Unknown

"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong." ~Thomas Carlyle

"Misery is a communicable disease." ~Martha Graham

"The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it." ~Will Foley

"If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don't, you have achieved half your failure." ~David Ambrose

"If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks." ~Francis Rabelais

"For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance." ~Adlai Stevenson

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes." ~Hugh Downs

"Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene." ~Arthur Christopher Benson

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." ~Alphonse Karr

"If you call a thing bad you do little, if you call a thing good you do much." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind." ~John Burroughs

"The real 'it is well' is something I say from the ground, having fallen." ~Antonio Porchia

"Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves." ~Italian Proverb

"Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus." ~Susan Longacre

"I not only bow to the inevitable; I am fortified by it." ~Thornton Wilder

"I never really look for anything. What God throws my way comes. I wake up in the morning and whichever way God turns my feet, I go." ~Pearl Bailey

"Men who never get carried away should be." ~Malcolm Forbes

"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there." ~Norman Vincent Peale

"Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don't, you don't." ~Mignon McLaughlin

"Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear." ~Author Unknown

"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go." ~Frederick Faber

"We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon." ~Konrad Adenauer

"We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs." ~Kenneth Clark

"The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities." ~Author Unknown

"He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it." ~Edgar A. Guest

"Why not learn to enjoy the little things - there are so many of them." ~Author Unknown

"Say "Yes" to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky. Say "Yes" to the universe and the planets become your neighbors. Say "Yes" to dreams of love and freedom. It is the password to utopia." ~Brooks Atkinson

"Positive anything is better than negative thinking." ~Elbert Hubbard

"I am sure that nothing has such a decisive influence upon a man's course as his personal appearance, and not so much his appearance as his belief in its attractiveness or unattractiveness." ~Leo Tolstoy

"Be enthusiastic. Remember the placebo effect - 30% of medicine is showbiz." ~Ronald Spark

"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." ~G.K. Chesterton

"It is no use to grumble and complain; It's just as cheap and easy to rejoice; When God sorts out the weather and sends rain - Why, rain's my choice." ~James Whitcomb Riley

"Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools." ~Napoleon

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out." ~Art Linkletter

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." ~Galileo Galilei

"Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads." ~Henry David Thoreau

"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world; everyone you meet is your mirror." ~Ken Keyes, Jr.

"Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up." ~Dag Hammarskjold

"The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings." ~Henri Fréédééric Amiel

"Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles." ~Alex Karras

"It isn't our position but our disposition which makes us happy." ~Author Unknown

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." ~Maori Proverb

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." ~Rabindranath Tagore

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." ~Emory Austin

"Mind is everything. Muscle - pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind." ~Paavo Nurmi

"Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations." ~Edward de Bono

"Anywhere you go liking everyone, everyone will be likeable." ~Mignon McLaughlin

"People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." ~Epictetus

"Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day." ~Nicholas Chamfort

"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition." ~William Arthur Ward

"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back." ~Arthur Rubinstein

"There are two types of people - those who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!' and those who come in and say, ;Ah, there you are.'" ~Frederick L. Collins

"Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved." ~Marcus Antonius

"You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe." ~James Whistler

"'It's snowing still,' said Eeyore gloomily. "So it is." "And freezing." "Is it?" "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately.'" ~A.A. Milne

"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise." ~Alice Walker

"Those who wish to sing, always find a song." ~Swedish Proverb

"You must start with a positive attitude or you will surely end without one." ~Carrie Latet

"So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity." ~Henry David Thoreau

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." ~Chinese Proverb

"Nothing is interesting if you're not interested." ~Helen MacInness

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~Joseph Campbell

"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude." ~Ralph Marston




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