Once upon a time I won a coffee mug from a blog challenge hosted by the writers’ club I’m involved in. It was an amazing experience getting to read and interact with other bloggers while blogging from A-Z, and now it’s time to try it again.
The 2014 A to Z challenge will begin Wednesday, September 10th and end Saturday, December 6th. Thirteen weeks, 2 posts per week equals 26 posts. Writers may choose any theme; but, each post must feature one letter of the alphabet in alphabetical order.
There are two parts to the challenge:
Part 1 – Publish two blog posts a week, for thirteen weeks. Posting Wednesday and Saturday are suggested, but not required. (I will be posting on Wednesdays and Fridays to complete the challenge.)
Part 2 – Visit at least five other participants’ blogs each week, leaving thoughtful comments and encouraging words.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson
A man wakes up as the piercing sunlight shines in through what seems like gaping holes in his window’s blinds. He slowly throws the covers off of himself and slides out of bed as if he were an inanimate blob of goo. Somewhere between his bedroom and the office he grabs a cup of coffee and he begins his long tedious day of work. At the end of the day, he heads home in a emotionless trance to eat dinner, watch a little TV, and slide back into his bed to complete the cycle all over again.
Another man wakes up as the brilliant sunlight seeps in through his window’s blinds to greet him. He quickly throws the covers off of himself and hops out of bed as if he were compressed coil of spring suddenly being released. Somewhere between his bedroom and the office he greets the local staff at his favorite coffee house, grabs a cup of coffee, and he begins his day at work. By the end of the day, he heads home to eat dinner, watch one of his favorite television shows, and slide quickly into his bed in order to greet the day the next morning.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. -Winston Churchill
The phrase, getting up on the wrong side of the bed, has more to do with attitude than it does with feng shui and interior design. It’s about starting the day in a certain mindset that carries on throughout the day. The moment that anyone wakes up in a bad mood is the start of the negative rippling effect that fills that person and floods out into the world around them.
Instead, allowing yourself to think more positive thoughts makes your day a little brighter and your mood a little better, and if feng shui encourages you to think more positive thoughts and lift yourself into the right attitude, then by all means, do it.
Living your life with the right attitude changes the way you perceive various situations. The same morning for those two men went differently because they put themselves in two very different mindsets. And because attitude is “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior,” it becomes an important thing to be mindful of. Attitude does clearly make a difference, so you might as well be in the right one and enjoy life with more happiness and success.
For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. -Walter Scott