Monday, January 27, 2014


I have a saying posted in my office. (Actually, I have many) "The Problem isn't the Problem. The Problem is the Attitude about the Problem!" What a true statement. Attitude makes such a difference in everything. Staying positive is one of the most important things we can to. It can, however, be very difficult during times of challenge (which is usually every day) in our life. Viktor Frankl in his book "Man's Search for Meaning" wrote that we are seldom able to choose our circumstances, but we can always choose our attitude. He and a physician decided in the concentration camp that they would find something positive, something to be grateful for, and something to laugh at every day. He stated, "if you can do that in a concentration camp, you can do that anyplace." No matter the circumstances or situation, we can always find something positive, something to be grateful for and something to laugh at. One way to begin to is practice writing in a Gratitude Journal. Just like the law of physics, two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time, two thoughts and two opposing emotions cannot occupy the brain and body at the same time. When we are grateful (an attitude of gratitude) we will be more positive. Worry is a waste of time. Pick a time (5-10 minutes) at the same time every day. Write down your worries and then throw them away. This does not change circumstances, but it will change how you think. Then get up and focus on something positive, write about your blessings, do a small task from your "to do list." If you can actively do something about what you are worrying about, then do it. If you cannot, let it go and focus on what you can control. Most worry is about things or people that we cannot control. Say a prayer, turn it over to God, (He knows everything and has the perfect plan for everyone) and then do something kind for someone. Be the positive person, who people want to be around. Surround yourself with positive people. Check your attitude several times a day. If you find your attitude going into the negative, it is YOUR attitude, change it, and focus on something else. Make a Great Day Dr. Susan Nate

Monday, January 20, 2014

Basic Lessons

We are always learning lessons Some lessons are easy and simple to learn Other lessons are difficult and take a very long time to learn We can learn from other's experiences and mistakes We can learn from our own experiences and mistakes Sometimes it even takes us a very long time to learn a lesson from our own experiences Most of the really important lessons, however, we learn when we are young. Robert Fulghum wrote a book, "Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten" Most of what I needed to learn, I learned from my father. Be kind - to self and others Do not judge - self or others Always do your best - really your best Give everyone a smile and a few kinds words Do not take other's actions or words personally - They have their own issues Be the kind of friend you want to have Always be honest - with yourself and with others. Log in again for more words of wisdom from Reed Be kind today and Make a Great Day Recognize the miracle that you are Dr. Susan Nate