She sat down next to me on the bench, and out of nowhere began to share her story. The line that stuck out to me was…“it was a blessing in disguise”. She had lost everything including her home in a tornado. Yet, she could say it was still a blessing. She was demonstrating an incredible attitude to me, a stranger. I was no one she needed to impress, I was not someone in her circle of influence, and I was probably not going to be someone she ever saw again.
I know her first name and really not much else, but in just those few minutes I spent with her she inspired me. She was being an every day leader by her contagious attitude about life. I didn’t know what she did for a living, I didn’t know her family background, her beliefs, or her history, but what I learned in that short conversation had an impact on me that will last the rest of my life. I was reminded that our attitude is contagious. She turned a difficult situation into a positive one and shared it with me. I want to model that attitude.
This encounter was a great reminder to me that our attitudes play a huge role even in the most unexpected places! I am amazed at the influence we can have on people we don’t even know. We each have the ability to be someone of influence and that influence can be positive or negative…our attitude can be contagious!
YOU are that every day leader!
How easy is it for us as people to go about our every day lives, doing our own thing, keeping to ourselves and not even noticing others or taking the time to speak to those around us. How many times have we been at a coffee shop sitting outside and not even say hello to those walking right past us? Perhaps we never even noticed them. Think about all the opportunities we have each day to influence others – often times it can be as simple as the attitude we demonstrate or in how we react to our own circumstances.
We model to others by how we live our own lives.
What are you modeling? What are others seeing? Do they see someone who sees the good in life…the blessings in disguise? Or do they see someone who complains, wonders where the good is and who struggles with life issues?
Modeling a good attitude takes work and LOTS OF PRACTICE. As every day leaders we must be intentional to model an attitude that is positive and contagious to those around us. Doing this does not come naturally!
Your attitude does impact those around you…even a stranger.
Just like Diane sharing her story reminding me about blessings in disguise, I want to be intentional in my attitude, making a difference in the lives of others.
An Every Day Leader, Living an intentional life. Making a difference with my attitude.