“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” - Viktor Frankel
Our CEO at Appature recently shared an article that reaffirmed my thoughts on appreciating life:
I’m utterly convinced that the key to lifelong success is the regular exercise of a single emotional muscle: gratitude.
People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what’s wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don’t go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective. [read more]
I believe in absolute truth and also the power of attitude to shape one’s perspective. While perspective doesn’t necessarily change your reality, it can change how you deal with reality. It’s a subtle but important distinction.
An attitude of gratitude can mean looking for the silver lining in a storm, the lesson in a failure, and the opportunity in a challenge. It’s the difference between a positive perspective and a negative one. I’m an optimistic realist – I know the storm’s still there, the failure happened, or a situation is still a challenge. It doesn’t mean reality has changed; it means always look for the win nonetheless.
Related: “Things I Find Magical“
- Memories of corners of smiles
- Camaraderie and inside jokes
- Surface tension
- Fresh air and physical exertion
Life is most pleasant when you take note of what you appreciate. Gratitude benefits the generator best. It’s good to observe and note what’s good, even the little things.
Continuing on the getting out of your comfort zone theme, I started yoga this morning! I was up at 6am to get to a 60 minute class before work with my new flatmate. Holy toledo, more of the laughing at yourself for failing. But still, coming out of it feeling positive. I’ve had so many people praise yoga lately that I figured I should give it a shot. If anything, just having a buddy to workout with is a great motivator.
And, getting up early for a class means never being late for work. <3
Yesterday was my second time snowboarding. Aside from learning a new sport, I actually feel like I’m learning a lot about myself. The first time, a month ago, I fell every ten to twenty feet. I knocked the wind out of myself – HARD - twice. I hit my head badly enough that I was worried. Every time though, I laughed and got back up. And that is why I left proud of myself.
Mount Rainier, view from Crystal Mountain Resort Summit.
The second day, yesterday, I kicked serious ass. I boarded all day and only biffed it boarding once, early on. The light bulb went on, something clicked, and like that little girl from Jurassic Park, I was all, “I know this!” as the muscle memory from years of skateboarding came back to me. I was proud of myself, because I rocked it.
The lesson I learned was that a good attitude can get you past a steep learning curve, but you have to be willing to get outside your comfort zone, and take some hits. You can’t win if you don’t fight, and you can’t fly if you don’t jump. Starting is the scariest part.
After that, it’s all a unix system.