Peak Performance and reaching our full potential in anything we do in life comes down to our attitudes.
ATTITUDE by Charles Swindle
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
Being kind is all about our attitudes. Yesterday in my men’s bible and prayer group we were discussing kindness, and what it feels like to know that God’s kindness is rich and intended to lead us to repentance. Because repentance leads us to a closer relationship with him, being kind is paramount to our happiness. I offered a friendly challenge to the guys to do a random act of kindness this week and let’s share our stories at our next men’s meeting.
I shared how I met an older woman by striking up a conversation about the smock she was wearing that had a pattern with the word “love” all over it. This being the day after the tragedy in Las Vegas, I commented how I liked her smock and how the world needs more of that, “Love”. She agreed and we laughed. I then asked her if she was an instructor somewhere as I remembered the teachers at the college where I used to work would wear different types of smocks like the one she had on. She said no she worked at a dog grooming place, and that if I have a dog I should bring him by for anything from a bath to nail cutting.
Seeing that my Rottweiler’s nails looked like claws on Freddy Krueger, I told my new-found “auntie” that “I will bring him tomorrow”. She then said, “you are so kind” and with that extended her hand. I returned the compliment but said no handshake, give me a hug because the world needs a hug today, and with that me and auntie what’s her name waved good-bye.
The next day I took my four-legged Freddy Krueger to have his nails trimmed and my new auntie was just as kind, and so was everyone else at Noni’s Pet Boutique & Grooming.