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The Power of Attitude

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he,” states the seventh verse of the 23rd chapter of the Book of Proverbs. I believe the essence of this passage is that the attitude of a man in fact alters his entire being. It colors and shapes him. When others see him, they will identify him and recognize him by his attitude.

Attitude is the dynamic energy that is emitted by an individual, resulting in fallout extending outward within a certain radius of that person. Those who enter that radius will be affected by that energy.

Michael Josephson tells a story about an elderly man named Benny who got on a city bus. Everyone was immersed in his or her own little world. As Benny entered the bus, he addressed the bus driver in a loud, cheery voice: “Good morning!”

The driver was surprised and seemed almost perturbed. The next morning, when Benny again got on the bus, he said in that same loud, cheery voice, “Good morning!” And then he greeted others, though few responded.

On the fifth day, after he greeted the bus driver, he added, “My name is Benny. What’s yours?”

“Ralph,” the driver replied, with a bit of a smile.

Before long, Benny was greeting almost everyone on the bus, and not only were they responding to Benny, but they also started greeting each other. Benny’s attitude affected and infected the other passengers on the bus. It was contagious. Folks looked forward to greeting Benny, and that early morning ride to work became a pleasant experience they eagerly anticipated.

Attitude has the power to not only affect the individual radiating it, but also to transform those around him or her.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

August 14, 2008