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The four-year-old optimist

September 13th, 2006 · 3 Comments

When life throws you a curveball how do you respond? Do you get depressed, angry or frustrated? Or do you shake it off and look for the light at the end of the tunnel? Knowing that you will always encounter tough situations in life it’s merely a matter of how you react or respond to the circumstance. When a doctor says that you are reacting to the medication, that’s a bad thing. When your body responds to the treatment it’s a good thing.

My son learned how to ride a bike with no training wheels about six months ago which was shortly after his fourth birthday. He still takes plenty of spills almost daily, but invariably his first reaction after a wipeout is something like “at least I had my helmet on” or “at least I wasn’t going fast.” Today we drove by the fire station and he said “at least there weren’t any fires today.” Perhaps he might just be in a fad of saying the words “at least” but 100% of his sentences after something bad happens begin with that phrase.

After spilling his drink in the kitchen:
“at least it was water and not something sticky”

Taking a spill on the driveway while running:
“at least my scratches aren’t bleeding”

Falling off the swing set in our back yard:
“at least we have band-aids”

I hope he never loses that two-word mood-changing phrase when he grows up. How many adults say “at least I saved my work” when the power goes out in an office? A typical office would be sprinkled with obscene expressions from employees during a power outage.

Keep a tally each day how many at leasts in your everday verbage. You’ll be amazed at the positive effect on your attitude.

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