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  May 2016
  April 2016
Shilpa bhasin Mehra

The following is a touching story about a lady suffering from cancer, undergoing extensive chemotherapy.

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hair on her head.

"Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today."

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hair on her head.

"I think I'll part my hair down the middle today."

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.

"Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail."

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.

"YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"

So what's the moral of the story? Attitude is everything.

We have heard so much about this phenomenal word. It has a different meaning for everyone. For young teenagers, it's about wearing your collars up. For a humble person, an attitude of gratitude means the world. For the socialites, attitude could be being high-handed. It is such a powerful weapon, that we could use it in our best interest or become a slave of it. Like it is said, "Either you control your attitude or it controls you."

Nobody said life is going to be a smooth ride. There are bound to be ups and downs, and those make the journey called life. If we can take the twists and turns in our stride, we would be happier people. We can crib, cry or sulk, but that doesn't change anything. We cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails. One sees people with meager resources more content than the affluent. They are more grateful for the food they eat. What makes them content is their attitude. At times the sick are more cheerful than the healthy. They know about the illness they have, but are still grateful for the fact that things could have been worse.

It is sad to hear of attitude having negative connotations such as snobbishness and arrogance. It is an amazing facet of our personality, provided we use it well. We could have an attitude of resilience, of gratitude, of magnanimity and so many wonderful things. When you hear stories of a person who started walking, when the doctors had written him off to a life on a wheel chair, you know it was his never give up attitude that made him walk. When a soldier comes out alive from the enemy camp, it was his never give in attitude that made him live. It is something we cannot see and take cognizance of in tangible terms, yet what a difference it can make.

It could not have been summarized better than by Charles Swindoll, "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."

In life just as in our contracts, there is Force Majeure .the words say it all...reasons/ circumstances beyond our control. Why worry about things that are beyond our control. Let us do whatever we can about what is in our control. Grant Fairley puts it so well, "A positive attitude may not solve every problem but it makes solving any problem a more pleasant experience."

All great and famous people in history have shown that besides their other qualities, what made them great was their attitude, because excellence is not a skill, but an attitude. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. Just imagine if the lawyers took up cases with a pessimist attitude. I think the case was lost to begin with, the proceedings a sheer waste of time.

To different minds, the same world could be heaven or hell. So hell or heaven, a boon or a curse, make or break .... when life gives you lemons, you can either let your life become sour..or make lemonade.. it all depends on your attitude!

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