Attitudes are Chosen; Not Made

by | Jul 13, 2023 | Counseling and Training

As a young person, I can remember seeing people whom I admired. These people often were athletes, actors, actresses, and musical professionals. Some were people I know personally such as teachers, classmates, etc. Everyone had a common thread – a positive and winning attitude.
Attitude can be defined as one’s viewpoint. Concerning life’s circumstances and events, our attitude can be positive or negative – control over life’s circumstances and events, but our attitude is determined by how we choose to believe.
God gives each person a free choice. That choice is centered around good or evil. If we choose to think on goodness, our attitude will reflect the same. The converse is true, also. Consider the following story entitled, “Choosing” by Victor E. Frankl that illustrates the power of choice. It goes as follows:
“Dr. Victor E. Frankl, survivor of three grim years at Auschwitz and other Nazi prisons, has recorded his observations on life in Hitler’s camps: We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Some people would contend others shape our attitude; However, they shape our attitude to the degree we give them power and influence over our lives – or if we choose to believe them.



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