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Monday Mottoes – #46

canstockphoto3668648-positieve-attitudeTo your way of thinking, is there a link between education and manners? One would imagine that there doesn’t have to be any connection per se, but there very well may be. My early-morning travels have encouraged me to reconsider that notion.

Generally, when out on the highway journeying before dawn, I take a break around 6:00 am, stopping for gas and maybe a beverage. Most of our nation’s elite are not patronizing a gas-n-go around this hour of the day. Instead, the customers predominantly include Hispanic day laborers and landscapers.

The. nicest. people. ever.wawa

The men hold the door open for me. Not that I need any help, nor expect any help, but it’s a very genteel act that says “cultured” to me. I would extend the same consideration to an elderly gentleman, so it’s certainly not a sexist thing. Which could give me pause: do they think of me as resembling an elderly man… or even an elderly lady…?

When I say, “Thank you,” they reply, “You’re welcome.”

Compare and contrast this with many downtown office buildings, where the busy lawyers and lobbyists of D.C. often push through the door ahead of me in their $1,000+ suit, so that when I reach it two steps later, it’s: SLAM-! (Doesn’t always happen that way when they realize that a glamorous blond is right behind them, but the stats speak for themselves….)

ca9b6db3a3318c35362c13490e038df5And this is the educated, elite class?

Which brings us to today’s motto:

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~Victor E. Frankl

I like that. Attitude. Having the proper outlook can make us sour, or make us smile. In even more harsh conditions, it can make us schizo, or keep us sane. It’s probably one of the very few things in life over which we have control. Use it for good today.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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