We had some layoffs at work yesterday. That is always a downer, but one person had been there the twelve years I have worked there, is a friend, and this was tough to take for a number of reasons. Hard not for me to be ticked at “the firm”. But, my friend had a good attitude about it yesterday — just trying to look forward. I hope I would do so well.
While trying to make my mind right last night (read: enjoying a nice cold beer) I happened across this interview with a college football player who tore his ACL while in the middle of his senior season. A great example of a great attitude.
Do you think of yourself as unlucky, or unfortunate?
A: “Never unlucky, never unfortunate. I’m very blessed to be at the University of Georgia, to even be in college. I just roll with the punches.”
Q: Everybody on the team talks about what a great attitude you’ve had throughout this ordeal. What would you say is your philosophy?
A: “Things happen in life. You’ve just got to get over it. Right now I tore my ACL. I can’t be too sad about it. I was sad about it when it happened, but by the next day I was working, trying to make it better. Usually in life you have to overcome things and right now I’m trying to stay positive and take it one day at a time.”
The above are two good examples of this Buddha saying: “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”
Peace and happiness lies within. May we all cultivate a better attitude and outlook today!