How Your Attitude Colors Your View Of The World
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. ~William James
It may help to think of your various attitudes about life as filters that color your view of the world. While it is natural to have opinions about many different things, underneath it all will inevitably be a core belief system is that is comprised of your fundamental attitudes.
This basic belief system, often referred to as mindset, affects our behavior, decision making and the way we approach life in general. Okay so where am I going with this? I want to introduce you to a women whose life is an inspiring example of the power of attitude, and she also happens to be the latest addition of our list of “Everyday Heroes” – Maysoon Sayid.
If you’ve never heard Maysoon talk, your first impression of her will surely be the fact that she has cerebral palsy. But as Maysoon says, “I have 99 problems … and only one of them happens to be palsy.” Actually, that’s the name of her funny, touching and inspiring TED Talk.
Why Her Attitude Will Inspire You
A Palestinian woman from New Jersey, Zayid jokes about her family, global culture, and her life with cerebral palsy. Along with Dean Obeidallah, she founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, now in its 10th year. She spends several months of the year in the Palestinian Territories running workshops for disabled and orphaned kids in refugee camps, using art to help them deal with trauma. And yes — if you’re an Adam Sandler fan, you’ll recognize Zayid as the woman behind the beauty-shop counter in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.
Most of all you should listen to her because she will inspire you to realize that we each have it within our power to create the filters through which we see the world.
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