Attitude is truly everything

Earlier this month, my daughter and I made a fun trip to a neighbouring city. We didn’t have much time so instead of having lunch in a restaurant, we ate in the car—chicken salad sandwiches and grapes.
My daughter dropped me off at Barnes & Noble while she went on to a music store to find some string trios for an upcoming wedding fair.
I was delighted to have an hour-and-a-half to browse. But unfortunately, about 20 minutes after I arrived, I was looking through the self-improvement section of books when I tripped over my own feet.
I went down slowly, knocking down a display, running into the book shelves, and finally falling at the feet of a fellow shopper.
Immediately, he asked if I was hurt. Quickly, a woman joined us and asked if I had any dizziness. My reply to both questions was no.
The shopper helped me up and asked again if I was sure I wasn’t hurt. Then he politely placed my purse in my hand.
I returned to the book shelves. After a few more minutes of browsing, I was ready to take my big pile of books and sit down with a cup of coffee. But, feeling unsteady on my feet after the fall, I asked another shopper if he would be willing to carry my books.
He was delighted to do so.
During the next hour while I waited for my daughter, I perused a book by Keith Harrell, “Attitude Is Everything.”
Harrell talks about making negatives into positives. And I thought how easily that fall could have become a negative.
If I would have felt embarrassed, instead of grateful for the helpful shoppers. Or if I would have focused on my hurting shoulder and leg, instead of giving thanks that I had strong bones.
Or if I would I have moped, instead of pampering myself with a cup of Starbucks coffee and a very expensive bar of Godiva chocolate while I read.
“Attitude Is Everything” is more than just a book to read. It’s a book to do. It’s all about developing a healthier, happier attitude—and turning that attitude into actions.
Says Harrell, “The attitude that you carry around makes an incredible difference in your life. It can be a powerful tool for positive action. Or it can be a poison that cripples your ability to fulfill your potential.
“Your attitude dictates whether you are living life or life is living you.”
Attitude is a choice. You can choose to take charge of your life, regardless of your circumstances.
You can rid yourself of bad attitude baggage. Get rid of “if only,” “what now,” and “what if.” Monitor what you hear, what you read, and what you say. And talk positively—even to yourself.
Make positive friends. Laugh and tell jokes. Because when you are positive, your body will produce endorphins that will facilitate good health.
When people ask you how you feel, says Harrell, always say “super fantastic.” Because “super” forces you to smile, and when you say “fantastic,” it will become a part of your life.
So what about you—how do you feel today?
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at or visit

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