It’s our attitude in life that determines life’s attitude toward us.–Earl Nightingale
As I write to my grandson, a new cadet at Riverside Military Academy, I can’t help but think about how important attitude is. He didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to be blind. Jumping these hurdles of life require the right attitude. How do you achieve that?
For me, it is looking at the alternatives. I could be a whiner, constantly complaining about my state of affairs.  I could live in a state of depression, getting smaller each day or just withering away as I succumbed to the sofa and a box of bonbons. Well, not really getting smaller—maybe a lot larger. That is escape. What use is it?
I cannot imagine doing that! What’s the point? I love being productive, doing things—whether it is organizing a closet or organizing ideas. Discipline is what does not come easy to me. I would rather do what I want to do when I want to do it. Who wouldn’t?
Being blind makes discipline even more difficult. Here I am 68 years old with two books published and three CDs.  I was so determined to get a book published by the time I was 70.  I didn’t realize the work is just beginning.
Sometimes I want to while the day away by reading. I must make phone calls to let the world know about My Nightlife Is 24/7 and Bettina the Bold. Otherwise the world won’t know about my new books. I must keep the right attitude.
Remember that old adage from the seventies? An open mind is like a parachute. For me it meant a safety net. For someone else it could mean something all together different. Today it means opportunity for endless possibilities. How could I be bored? I never know what tomorrow will bring. Live a little dangerously.

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Fiona Spoke Here:

  • American Council of the Blind
  • American Library Association
  • Asso. of Teacher Educators
  • Atlanta's Paralympics
  • Bregman Conference
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Galloway School
  • GAEL Conference
  • Georgia Dept of Family & Children's Services
  • Georgia Dept of Juvenile Justice
  • Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Helen Keller Foundation
  • Lake Lanier Villages
  • National Conference on Storytelling
  • National Council of the Teachers of English
  • N. Carolina Brain Injury Assn.
  • Project Lift
  • Riverside Academy
  • Salvation Army Auxiliary
  • SPADD Conference
  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital
  • Tommy Nobis Center
  • Youth Villages Author Series
  • Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus
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