I was out to a customer the other day trimming their horse’s hooves. It was over cast, cloudy and raining a bit. The customer commented she sure wished it was sunny. My reply was “Well the grass also needs to grow”. She paused for a few seconds and agreed. During my travels around from place to place I find so many people who’s cup is always half empty. These are the people who always got something to complain about!
I too was one of those who’s cup was half empty until many, many years ago my Dad told me once, “No matter how bad you think you got it, there is always someone around who’s got it worse than you – just look around and see”, and you know – he was right! After our little talk I soon learned things weren’t so bad. There was always a positive twist to everything, one just had to look around a bit and find it. I don’t care what you’re doing or where you’re headed in life lift your head and look on the bright side.
I really got to laugh at people. In the winter time I’ll drive around and hear people complain because it’s too cold. I tell them, “Well there’s no flies bothering the horses when I work on them”. It may be cold enough my fingers are cold, but hey, I got my forge I warm my tools with and once in a while pass my fingers across the front! And another thing, when it’s cold you can put more clothes on, but when it’s hot, well you can only take so many clothes off!!
In the summer time I’ll be back around to the same place and the same person – “Oh it’s so hot”. I look at them and reply, “It wasn’t too long ago you were complaining it was too cold, now it’s warmed up and you’re not happy”. Well in the summer time at least I don’t have all those thick covers people put on their horses to contend with. My tools are warmed up and I don’t have to worry about my fingers being cold! In the summer we got more hours of daylight and I love it. In the winter the days are shorter and not too long a work day.
Now don’t get me wrong, I also have my days. No one is perfect. But just about the time I’m getting into the negative attitude, I start to think about something positive and things begin to turn around. One great positive thing I got is so many good customers! I’ve got many people I’ve done their horses for many years now. I’ve got to watch their kids grow up and out on their own. It always amazes me how fast time goes by. Some of these people are really great! A cup of coffee, drink of water, a nice conversation, really makes my day. They really make up for the bad places I go.
I guess I’m lucky I’m my own boss. I set my schedules and pretty much do what I want (within reason). I guess this contributes to my positive attitude. I get to be outside many times. I travel from place to place and get to see the changes of the seasons as I pass by. Yea, I got many of the same routes I take, but there’s always something different to see.
So the next time you get in a negative attitude and start to complain, just stop and think why? Then start to think of all the positive things coming your way. Just remember – Keep you cup half full!
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