05 Jan Ever Wonder If A Cow Has A Positive Attitude?
One of your leading goals should be to be of service to others, just as others will be of service to you. In reality, helping others without expecting anything in return CAN reward you in more ways than you may have thought possible. It’s what we give and the positive attitude we display while giving that brings our greatest rewards.
A wealthy man once asked his friend, “Why am I always being criticized for being miserly? Everyone knows I will leave everything to charity when I die.”
“Well,” the friend responded, “let me tell you about the cow and the pig. The pig was complaining to the cow one day about how unpopular he was. ‘People are always talking about how a cow is gentle and has kind eyes’ said the pig. ‘Sure, you give milk and cream, but I give more. I give bacon, ham, and bristles. Why, they even pickle my feet! Still, nobody likes me. Why is this?”‘
The cow thought for a moment and then replied, “Well, maybe it’s because I give while I’m still living.”
“Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Although we should be willing to give of ourselves on a daily basis, try not to spend time with people whose attitude is less positive than yours or with people who purport to live everyone’s life but their own. Their negativity cannot help but to breed negativity. Although their negativity about the economy, a job, a pay rate, relationship, the future, etc., may always be popular, you are the only one who can make the conscious choice of your own thought patterns and your willingness to give. “The buck stops . . .” at the portal to your own thought level.
Separate yourself from people who are lazy about their future and stay away from society’s ‘fog-filled’ folks who try to fill you with their negative influences. Your family is one matter (although you should consider each member’s – immediate or extended – influence on you as well), your choice of friends and associates is quite another. It is an uncompromising task to maintain a high level of motivation and enthusiasm in giving of yourself and you will only make it tougher by trying to drag negative people up your ladder of success.
Open your ears and listen to your friends and associates.
Do they talk in the present or past tense? Folks who are always talking in the past tense, “I did this,” “I’ve done that,” or “I earned this much,” or people who are always recalling past events are not success driven. Nor are they willing to give without some expectation of return for their effort. They’re past-tense historians. Society ‘independents’ are interested in, and talk about, where they are going – not where they’ve been.
“No one leads an orchestra without turning their back on the crowd.”Anonymous
Port Washington The world is comprised of two types of people:
1) Those who are busily trying to impress others with how much they are achieving, and
2) Those who are silently, and busily, achieving their goals and living their personalized definition of success as they are giving to others.
Identify, associate with, and support the latter – yet be willing to give your positive thoughts and optimism to all.
When you commit to giving your best to others each day, you will be improving yourself and your overall opportunity for success. You CAN acquire anything you want if you will but help enough other people get what they want. Give of your positive attitude, your willingness to help others, and your positive view of the bountiful opportunities this wonderful life experience offers us all.
So, when you see a cow, give ’em a thumbs up and join ’em by giving while you’re still living!