Having an Attitude

Ever been told, “You’ve got an attitude!”?

First glance at that, which is certainly mine, refers to bad, untoward, negative, haughty, demeaning, denigrating, arrogant, condescending….

Do I need to go on?

Well, yes, I do. And I will.

On this Epiphany Day—with our home now being the only one in the neighborhood who still has yard affirmations for Christmas and Epiphany. But. I don’t want to “have an attitude” with that fact.

Rather. I came across a Yahoo article today about a woman who has breast cancer, had a lumpectomy, went through chemotherapy. Her husband and four kids shared on Facebook that Alyssa was going to kick cancer away.

Yes, she needs more surgery.

But. What an attitude!!! For in the posting there are two pictures of Alyssa that make it clear her attitude about all this. Posted on her shirt. They speak as follows:



I love that. Not nasty but keeping a sense of humor and good attitude front and center.

One more thing…her husband contacted friends—they live in a small city outside of Omaha, to surprise his wife the last day of her chemotherapy with the invitation to purchase one rose for $10…the $10 went to a cancer charity in Omaha…and on that day, 500 roses were delivered! Oh, my. Alyssa and her husband wrote a letter of gratitude and affirmation…then shared with the gifting friends {and strangers]. But they also gave roses to every single cancer patient in that hospital, with a note of caring. Tears flowed.

NOW: That’s the kind of attitude I like…

How about you?


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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