Everything you do expresses an attitude. The range can be endless. Clothes are one of the first decisions we make during the day. The ways we walk and cut our hair express our views for a longer period. We change the course of friends and lifestyle very few times in our journeys. Everything in between is an expression of how we see the people around us as well as our commentary of the past and sense of the future.
For many, including yours truly, our personal attitude evolved from something made based on fear (teenage years) to something that makes us feel very comfortable. We rarely think about it. Conversations on the subject are rare. It is almost as if the subject is out of bounds! Yet, we analyze fashion, clubs, and interactions by a “street attitude” litmus test. Everything about attitude is open for debate and discussion, except as it applies to ourselves! It is as if our “attitude” is who we are on the inside.
Think of the people around you. Some are always on edge, ready to break with the slightest provocation at any moment. Others are eternally happy. Then there are the ones you can never sure. What will they do? Where will they go? Their attitude spells trouble!
I often wonder what my attitude tells the people around me. Do I express a view that I am more important than anything or any person? Am I telling them by my approach that I just do not care? Is the message that comes with the package known as “Bill” say that I am looking to do battle? Do I even know what I am doing?
Too often I dress, walk, stand, and approach people without thinking. People see things that I do not value or want to be part of my life. Remember, “don't walk around with a chip on your shoulder, always spoiling for a fight.” (Proverbs 3.30) You may not know it, but your attitude reflects more of the “who” than you will ever admit.
A fresh attitude begins today.