by Rich Wooten

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Get a Grip - Attitude (4 of 6)
Series: Get a Grip
Richard Wooten
Philippians 2:5-12
September 2009

Get a Grip on your Attitude

In aviation, attitude control is everything. It is keeping the aircraft on the flight plane, aware of surroundings, meas-uring altitude and obstacles, glide slope, etc. Without understanding the attitude of the aircraft, disasters can and do happen. Pilot error, external forces, unexpected consequences, all effect the attitude of the plane. There is this de-vice that is looked for after any air accident - the black box (which is actually bright red) - it records the attitude at the time of the incident. What was the plane doing at the time of impact? There is a record of everything - throttle, rudder, ailerons, landing gear, speed, direction, so much more. No questions the attitude is revealed.

Wouldn't it be nice if we had one of these boxes for us? (Maybe not). Something that reveals how our attitude was at the moment of impact between two people, or between us and an obstacle - revealing the truth (objective) of what we were doing, thinking, saying, 'be'ing, at the moment. Yeah, maybe not a great idea. That much truth would be too confrontational for most of us. It is nice to remember the positives of us and the negatives of other situations, because then we have an 'out' from our responsibility!

But do we?

Attitude is a revealer.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. ~Abraham Lincoln

Attitude Is Infectious
Your attitude is the first thing people pick up on in face-to-face communication. Just as laughing, yawning, and crying are infectious, attitude is infectious. Before you say a word, your attitudes can infect the people who see you with the same behavior. Somehow just by looking or feeling, you can be infected ...

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