Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Power of Attitude.

Post 445 ~ ~ Wednesday 30th April, 2008.

Hello Everyone ~~ I hope that all is well in your part of
this world of ours. All OK here, nice day and I got some
washing done and dry. Yesterday was shopping day, so
stocked up again for a couple of weeks.

In the afternoon, my friend Lorraine and I went to do a
little more shopping, not for food, but all sorts of things
I bought some jumpers (pullovers) and some new
underwear and socks and also a new Anti-virus program
for my computer. So I will install that in a couple of days.

Tonight's short story is called "The Power of Attitude"
It was written by Mac Anderson. I hope you enjoy it.

One of the most wonderful things about having a positive
attitude is the number of people it touches, many times
in ways you'll never know.

Recently, I stopped by a convenience store to get a news-
paper and a pack of gum. The young woman at the check-
out counter said, "That will be five dollars please," and as
I reached into my wallet, the thought occurred to me that
a newspaper and some gum didn't quite make it to five
dollars. When I looked up to get a "re-quote," she had a
big smile on her face and said "Gotcha" I have to get my
tip in there, somehow !!" I laughed when I knew I'd been
She then glanced down at the paper I was buying and said,
"I'm sick and tired of all this negative stuff on the front
pages. I want to read some good news. In fact, I think
someone should just publish a Good News newspaper- a
paper with wonderful, inspirational stories about people
overcoming adversity and doing good things for others.
I'd buy one every day !" She then thanked me for coming
in and said, "Maybe we'll get lucky tomorrow, maybe we'll
get some good news," and she laughed. She made my day.

The following day after my business appointments, I
dropped by the same store again to pick up some bottled
water, but a different young lady was behind the counter.
As I checked out I said, "Good afternoon" and handed her
my money for the water. She said nothing -- not a word,
not a smile . . . nothing. She just handed me my change and
in a negative tone, ordered . . ."Next."

It hit me right between my eyes. Two people, same age,
one made me feel great, . the other, well she made me feel
that I had inconvenienced her by showing up.

By the choices we make by the attitudes we exhibit, we
are influencing lives every day in positive or negative ways. . .
Our family, our peers, our friends, and even strangers we've
never met before and will never meet again.

So when you clean your teeth every morning, and get ready
for work, ask yourself this important question, "Who do I
want to be today ?" "The Grouch" or "The good news girl?"
Your answer will go a long way toward determining your
success in business and in life.

First joke tonight was sent by my son Geoff. Thanks.

I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Eric,
the 11 year old boy from next door, whose bedroom
looks like Mission Control, to come over. Eric clicked
a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, I called after him, "So what
was wrong ?"
He replied, "It was an ID ten T error."

I didn't want to appear stupid, but none the less inquired,
"An ID tenT error ? "What's that . . .In case I need to fix
it again?"

Eric grinned . . . "Haven't you ever heard of the ID ten T
ever before ?" "No," I replied.

"Write it down," he said, And I think you'll figure it out."
So I wrote down I D I O T. I used to like Eric !!

Brookpark, Ohio. Burglars recently broke in to an
unoccupied house that was being renovated for sale.
Among the items they stole were roofing shingles, a lawn
mower, weed whackers, and lumber.

They broke into a storage area under the deck and also
a shed in the back. Before leaving, though, they mowed
the lawn of the residence.

Neighbors report seeing strange men walking around the
the home, but they never called the police, because they
figured the men had been hired to cut the lawn.

The owners are quoted as saying they will leave a pressure
washer and painting equipment for the thieves next week
as they did a better job than the lawn care company they
had hired. and they were cheaper also.

A few little jokes from my friend Barbara, Thank yiou.

An elderly gentleman . . . had serious hearing problems
for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the
doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing
aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%

The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor
and he said "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be
really pleased that you can hear again."

The gentleman replied, "Oh, I haven't told them yet. I just
sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed
my will three times."

Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being
discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I
found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on
the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need
my help to leave the hospital,

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel
him into the elevator.
On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.
"I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom
changing out of her hospital gown."

A couple in their nineties were both having problems
remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor
tells them that they are fine physically, but they might
want to start writing things down to help remember

Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets
up from his chair, "Want anything from the kitchen?"
he asks.
"Will you get me a bowl of icecream ?" "Sure."
Don't you think you you should write it down, so you
can remember it ?" she asks.

"No. I can remember it."
"Well, I'd like some strawberries on top too,
you should write it down so as not to forget ?"

He says, "I can remember that. You want a bowl
of ice cream with strawberries."
"I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll
foget that. Write it down." she says.

Irratated, he says, "I don't need to write it down. Ice
cream with strawberries and whipped cream.. I get it
for goodness sake."

Then he toddles off to the kitchen. After about twenty
minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and
hands his wife a plate of baon and eggs. She stares at
it for a moment, then says, "Where's my toast?"

Morris, an 82 year old man, went to the doctor to get
a physical. A few data later, the doctor saw Morris
walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman
on his arm.

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and
said, :You're doing really great, aren't you ?"
Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc. "Get
a hot mamma and be cheerful."

The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, "You've got
a heart murmur, be careful."

He was about to be shot by a firing squad when the
rebel leader asks him , :"Do you have any last requests?"
"Yes," replied the captive, "Can I sing a song ?"

The rebel thought for a moment, then said, "OK, start
The captive started, "There were ten million green
bottles standing on a wall."

I recently went out with a feminist and when I heard a plane
overhead, I looked up and said "That's the mail plane."
She stamped her feet and said, "It's so high up, how can you
possibly tell what sex it is ?"

Just a couple of sayings ~ ~ ~ ~

Everyone wants to live long, but no one wants to be called old.
~ ~ ~ Icelandic

Focus what is right in your world, instead of what's wrong.
~ ~ ~ Unknown.

That's it for tonight friends, Take care and enjoy the rest of
the week. Look after yourselves and each other. Love and
best wishes to you all, Cheers, Merle.

Post 445 ~~ ~ Wednesday, 30th April, 2008.


linda may said...

G'Day Merle,
Always a pleasure to read your blog. And today I got here first. Ha Ha.
Love Linda.

mreddie said...

The one about attitude is so true, our attitude effects all around us. Even more, our attitude effects even our own peace of mind and can change the path of our life for better - and for worse. ec

PEA said...

Dearest Merle,

You've reminded me that I need to go buy some underwear too! lol I went shopping the other day and bought a couple of t-shirts...ever since then it's turned so cold, I've needed to wear my heavier shirts again! It was snowing at dinner time but thankfully it melted as soon as it hit the ground. Don't think I can take seeing snow again after having it for 6 months!!

The Power of Attitude story is so very true. I don't like being around negative people at all, I find after a while they seem to bring me down with them. I always prefer to look on the bright side and smile at the world!!

Loved the jokes...that one of the elderly couple not wanting to write down notes to remember things is just hilarious!! hehe

Take care my friend! xoxo

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

I'm glad you had a nice day and got some shopping done. The fun shopping was, no doubt, with Lorraine.

Love the Power of Attitude! The good news girl is always the best choice. That's why I love to come and read your blog!

The Burglars in Brookpark, Ohio, was funny! I have friends that live in Brookpark. And the old guy with the hearing problem was smart. Haha on the feminist joke. And no one wants to be called old is so true. :-)

I enjoyed all the funnies and inspiration dear Merle. Another busy day ahead for me, so I'd better get going. Have a wonderful day, dear friend.

Love and Blessings,


Lady Di Tn said...

I love the story today. It hit it right on the head. I sure would like to see a paper with good new. I think that is why I enjoy our local Westview and City Paper better than the Nashville Tennessean. Maggie and I just fetch The Tn. for Mimi as it is a rare thing for me to read it. Also, when the news shows are on, I try to be at the computer reading blogs. My way of getting away from negative news.
LOL at all the jokes again. Thanks for being one of my daily joys.
Peace be with you.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

Morning Merle, another excellent blog - love the attitude story, nothing worse than trying to talk to a yes/no person it's like drawing teeth :)

deborah wilson said...


The story about attitude is so right. The way that we think, feel, and act affects not only ourselves but all of those around us.

Have a good weekend!

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Good evening, sounds like you had a busy day shopping.

I got a chuckle from this one.I recently went out with a feminist and when I heard a plane overhead, I looked up and said "That's the mail plane." She stamped her feet and said, "It's so high up, how can you
possibly tell what sex it is ?"

Have a great evening.

linda may said...

You are such a darling. I will try the Honey and cinnamon. It will certainly do no harm.
Love Linda.

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

Your blog is always a pleasure to read and you are my Good News newspaper.

Take care,

Mountain Mama said...

Hi Merle. I was sure I had left a comment on this post but don't see it I'll try again.
I remember my mother telling me how we can decide every morning when we wake up, what kind of say we are going to have. We can decide to have a positive attitude and a good day or we can be a sour puss and chase all your friends away. Hee-hee-hee! I have learned just how true that is.
I did some shopping today, but mostly for food for me and the pups. I'll have to do the rest next week.
Hope you are having a nice week-end Merle.
Love & Hugs

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle

The ID ten T joke is so funny.

Shall we be "good news girls"?

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