Attitude is Everything

In a book of Holy Scriptures, which I am reading, an ancient prophet and seer begins to tell the story of his people by telling something about himself. As I was reading the first chapter of this book, I felt related to this man and I personalized some of the verses in the first chapter of this book. Here is what I came up with:

“I, Alberto, having been born of goodly parents, Vittorio and Velia, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my parents; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly blessed of the Lord in all my days; yeah, having had a great witness of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceeding in my days…And it came to pass that I (Alberto) returned to my own house; and I cast myself upon my bed, being overcome with the Spirit and the things which I had seen…And it came to pass that the people did mock me because of the things which I testified; for I truly testified of the things which I saw and heard, and also the things which I read in the book manifesting plainly of the coming of the Messiah, His second coming, and also the final redemption of the world…”

Whether you read through these verses with a religious, spiritual, or psychological eye, or just to compare notes with your own life experience it doesn’t matter. What matter is that I believe we can recognize ourselves in those verses. How many times have thought about the good things we have learned from our parents? And are we teaching those principles and values we believe in to our children? Are they going to say one day that they were born of “goodly parents”? Have you experienced affliction in your life but recognized the lessons and the good that, inevitably, comes out of those experiences? Or have you given up because it is always easier to do so? Do you keep a record of your life? Do you know that by doing so you are helping yourself better coping with things in life? Do you believe in something, not necessarily a God, but something that gives you strength and that you can relate to in terms of principles and values? Or do you just go with the flow and choose the easy way out and go after the ephemeral of everyday life?

As individuals, we always make choices. We make them everyday. A friend of mine’s favourite saying is “No Pain, No Gain”. That is really true. If we are not prepared to pay the price to be truly happy then we can continue to feed ourselves with the ephemeral until we get into a stupor of mind but, when we wake up our problems will still be there and we will have to deal with them. Procrastination has always been an enemy of people and it make us feel frustrated. Don’t live with that frustration.

And in case you are wondering if, after all, it is worth it, then let me share a thought passed along by a good friend of mine and a great artist, Sal Velluto, which says the following:

Today, I call out to those who are tired of feeling powerless.
Commit to become the person you were meant to be, not who you have allowed yourself to become; the father, mother, sibling, friend, businessperson and citizen. As the old story goes:

A man decided that he would change the world.

But, he wasn’t successful.

So he decided to change the country.

But, he wasn’t successful.

So he decided to change his community.

But, he wasn’t successful.

So he decided to change his street.

But, be wasn’t successful.

So he decided to change his family.

But, he wasn’t successful.

So he decided to change himself.

AND HE WAS SUCCESSFUL.

AND HIS FAMILY CHANGED AND THEY AFFECTED THEIR STREET.

AND THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET AFFECTED
 THEIR COMMUNITY.

AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY AFFECTED THEIR COUNTRY.

AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY AFFECTED THE WORLD.

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About alby59

Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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One Response to Attitude is Everything

  1. JP Tremblay says:

    Good message as usual so keep up the good work. I am replying from my IPad while Sylvia and I are vacationing in Mexico with Lorne nd Myrna. Been here since last Sunday and should be back home on January 30th. Received 3 emails yesterday indicating that there was 1 foot of snow in the Vncouver area one morning. Today, another tourist from Kelowna, who is staying at our resort, said that Kelowna also had 1 foot of snow. This is why I’m here. Hope all is well with your family. Take care.

    JP

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