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Children, ages 6-18, as well as adults!
When I create art, it’s like solving a puzzle or problem — I need to work out the best solution. Will it be perfect? No. To me, perfection is boring. With a positive attitude, I know I can learn from experimenting and from making mistakes in my work.
The same goes for writing. When I start writing a poem or essay, I first just throw words onto my paper: ideas, phrases, resources, experiences — anything that I connect to my theme. From those chicken scratches, as I call them, I develop my written piece. At that point, I’m ready to write, revise, edit, write some more, revise, edit…repeating this process until I’m satisfied.
But what about when I’m ready to share my work of art or writing with others? It sure can be scary. Negative thoughts and questions swim through my mind:
Now, what if I turn those negative thoughts and questions around and make them more positive? If I change my attitude, I can rephrase them, and voila!…
The grace of a positive attitude may take some time to acquire, especially when you’re in the midst of negative thinking.
Here are some ideas that can help us all to think more positively:
What else can you do? Make your very own list and keep it in your notebook or make an Attitude Poster. You can even decorate it, and I’ll bet you’ll feel all the better once you’ve finished.
Remember, there will always be negatives in life. People may do things you don’t like or say things that hurt. You’ll make mistakes and you might even say some things that you wish you hadn’t. As long as we recognize these as lessons and learn from them, we can become better and gain the grace of a positive attitude.
Here are some wonderful quotations I’ve found, which will help boost your positive attitude:
Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.Walt Whitman
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.Winston Churchill
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.Abraham Lincoln
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.Maya Angelou
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.Roald Dahl
This lesson in Attitude follows along with the book M is for Mindful, by Robin L. Flanigan. You can see my video Read Aloud with Barbara of this wonderful book here.
Thank you to our friends at Mindful kids Thrive, for sharing their book and giving us permission to create lessons around this beautiful collection of writing and art.
If you’d like to learn more about Mindful kids Thrive, visit their website at www.mindfulkidsthrive.com.