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
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit
I don't usually start a post with quotes, but these seemed rather appropriate to the post I want to write. The title really says it all - It's all in the attitude.
Even commercials say it ("Never let them see you sweat" ring a bell?) and play on it, implying their product will infuse you with confidence. That's not exactly what I mean though.
And I'm not talking about a disabled person's attitude. But those of all the "normal" people around them. Those can make all the difference.
I'm a contrary person (if you haven't figured that out yet, go read the previous posts). All it takes to make me determined to do something is for someone to tell me I'm not capable of it. A lot of others don't have that, and that is where attitude comes in.
Everyone Can Make A Difference
It's true. Even I feel it. When somebody acts like my disability couldn't possibly put any limitations on me, it makes it easier for me to do the same.
Think about it. Which would you rather hear throughout the day?
(Said by an extremely old woman in the checkout line at the grocery store) "You poor dear. If I'd known you were crippled, I would have let you go first."
Or . . .
"I figured if you needed help you'd ask."
Personally, I'll take the second any minute of any day. It shows that they respect me - my abilties, my honesty, my courage.
I'm a big country music fan, and this song shows what I mean about attitude very well.
It's by Rascall Flatts, called Skin. It still makes me cry and smile every time I hear it.
So I applaud all of you who have the attitude necessary to keep people like me going!! Keep it up!
My next post will be an interview with a friend of mine who has a degenerative disease.