Sep

20

2012

Disappointments

In some little way, there are disappointments all around us. Maybe its as simple as the Corn Flake box is empty or my TV show didn’t record last night. With these, we have a way already to handle them – well, most of us do. Acceptance.

But how about with the bigger disappointments in life? How do you handle those? You know – you didn’t get the promotion you knew was going to be yours, the job you love just came to an unexpected end, a relationship ended that you thought would last a lifetime? Are you as accepting in those situations? Most likely not. If so, huge pats on the back for you! You are better at this than I am!

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Many years ago, a young woman took a journey by sea from the UK to the USA. For months and months she saved money for her fare, and once she had that she bought her ticket. Once she had her ticket, she started to save again to purchase food to bring along with her. She bought bread, fruit and dried meats and brought enoughwater for her two week journey.

When she arrived on the ship she entered her tiny cabin and sorted through her food and water to divide up her bounty for the journey. She decided to not leave her little cabin for the two weeks because she needed to protect what she had.  Two days before the ship docked in the US she ran out of food. But, so close to the end of her journey she made up her mind to perservere – she was almost there.

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 I’ve been looking back at some of my blog posts. I’ve talked about behaviours, emotions, states, skills, lots and lots of resources… today we’re looking at another aspect of us – something that is similar to a state and just as easily manageable – but not always easy to see… An attitude.

An attitude can be defined as a positive or negative evaluation of people, objects, event, activities, ideas, or just about anything in your environment. A persons attitude can drive them forward, hold them back, turn people off and even turn people on. And, interestingly, an attitude can be incongruent with a persons state. This can be confusing!

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