On a recent plane trip I discovered the Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine for cruising sailors. The “enjoy the journey” mindset fits nicely with my own and the articles about sailing the Caribbean and other exotic places were a nice antidote for the nasty Midwestern weather. I especially delighted in the motto:
Attitude: The Difference between Ordeal and Adventure!
It is so true. Somehow the same set of events can be miserable for one person, while another can find something enjoyable or valuable there.
February, being Heart Month, is busy, but this February has been a whirlwind. With the wild weather I had two events need to reschedule and was stranded in Iron Mountain, Michigan by a storm. I’ve long said, “Your experience is framed by your attitude.” Did I look upon an extra day in Iron Mountain as an ordeal or an adventure?
Well, to be honest – it was a little of both. I tried to keep a positive attitude, but I missed Clay and the girls and wanted to be home. As a rule, I don’t speak or travel on the weekends – it is family time, but I make a few exceptions per year. I’d planned to make it home Saturday night and would still be able to spend a lazy Sunday at home.
Yet, seeing no alternative, I embraced my new situation. I was rescued from the airport by Jodie Gilroy, from Dickenson County Health Care the host of the day’s event. Over a lovely dinner we talked and shared stories about our young children. I made the most of my quiet night finishing some projects and starting a new one. I would have rather been home – but it was far from an ordeal.
When faced with your next challenge, think about how your attitude is framing your experience. Will you have an adventure or an ordeal?
Enjoy the journey!
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.