Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Attitude or our outlook towards a particular situation defines us. It’s not the situation that decides and categorises us as winners or losers, it’s our attitude towards the situation that matters the most. One may look at a glass of water and conclude that it is half empty or one may have a different opinion and consider it to be half full. It’s not the glass of water that will make one feel upset or happy it’s the way you look at it. You may be sad as it is half empty or may appreciate the fact that it is half full. Our success not only depends on our efforts but also on our attitude towards our goals. 

Once there was a deaf frog that lived in a pond. He was extremely captivated by a very beautiful tree located near the pond. The frog decided to fulfil his wish of climbing the tree. One afternoon when he began to climb the tree, he discovered that all his friends gathered to see him climbing. His friends kept discouraging him and kept telling him that it was an impossible task thus, he must stop. However, the deafness of the frog was his blessing in disguise. Being an optimist he thought that all his friends were encouraging him to work harder and achieve his goal. With a lot of hard work and a positive attitude the frog achieved his goal. The drive to fulfil his task along with his optimistic attitude was the key to success. 

In life, we often tend to consider the “CANNOTS” more than the “CANS”. One must remember that with an optimistic attitude it is possible to perceive “IMPOSSIBLE” as “I-M-POSSIBLE”. One must learn to appreciate the bright side of a given situation rather than focusing on the darker side of it. Attitude is one of the most important aspects that build our character. We are the ones who sit on the front seat of our car (life). We are the ones to decide if we want to travel on the path of positivity or on the path of negativity. We must not waste our time or energy feeling bad for ourselves, because when we do that we get stuck in a paradox, where there is no room for happiness or success. 

Swami Vivekananda said, “It is our mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful; our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.” 

We must develop an optimistic attitude and the rest will surely fall in place. Keep your faces towards the sunshine (positivity), you’ll never see the shadow (negativity).

Mitali Madhyani is a second year Arts student at Mumbai suburban’s Mithibai College. Mitali aspires to make a career as a Clinical Psychologist. She loves to cook, paint, dance and read. Her interests have lead to her strong belief that art besides being a stress buster is an excellent medium to express one’s ideas and emotions. Mrs Sudha Murty, Nick Vuijic, Mother Teresa are some persons whom Mitali has tremendous respect. She values all people who have contributed in the betterment of society and people all over the world. Mitali lives her values by Volunteering with various organisations, including VYF.

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