Category Archives: “Man in the Mirror” song

Changes in Attitude


I will say that the way Tom Hanks was teased about his character’s different

comments, make me smile about the movie, “Forrest Gump.”

There are so many dramatic sections of the movie that it is hard to remember

the humor; but then you see a Saturday Night Live skit or other comedian

“spoof” his lines and you start to laugh!

Who can forget Forrest’s goofy way of running and the words, “Run, Forrest,


Who can’t smile at his world view in his simple but honest words:

“Life is like a box of chocolates…”?

Each day we can choose to alter our own attitude. There are barely perceptible

ways to change other’s.

Studies have “proven” that walking around with a smile on your face brings a

smile in your attitude. It certainly can help the surrounding people that you

encounter while sharing that smile!

I have almost all my life been filled with the happiness of knowing I am a

blessed person. I have a lot of confidence in my talents and gifts bestowed

upon me from a Supreme Being. I wake up almost every day, feeling lucky and

joyful that I got to see another day arrive.

I have had “blue” days, like in the after the holidays period of time. I wrote a

blog about the “blues.” Lately, I have been feeling just a little blue due to our work

pressure. I had that nice young man, Chad, become like a son to me over two years

ago. He lost his mother, his father’s leg got amputated, and we helped him to

decide to give up on his wife who had changed so drastically from the way she had

seemed before the marriage.

Last Friday, May 31st, while I was at the Center for Dermatology having my MOHS

procedure and the skin draft surgery, my friend Chad got harassed at work by an older

bin order filler. The man’s name is Mike and he said, “Why don’t you pick up your pace?

Your slowness is causing us all to have to work harder to get our rate up!”

Apparently, Chad, who is sensitive to others’ words, went to the office and the “boss”

checked his rate on the computer. The “boss” then, without listening to the complaint,

“wrote Chad up!!” for having too low of a pace which causes your rate based on products

picked by hour to reflect below the “acceptable 95%.” Well, that just irritates the snot out

of me! I mean if I go to complain to a manager, I hope he will listen, maybe try to make

me feel better about myself and not, tell me the person complaining is “right” and “You

need to work harder!” His going to the office, as my last time I went to the office, BACK-


Chad who is in his twenties, told the manager he quit! Now, I don’t have Chad’s phone

number in Kilbourne nor his cell phone number. So, my “adopted son” who said he

would “pray for your surgery” is no longer my coworker. I can only hope he and

Miranda come downtown for First Friday. Maybe I can get the phone number then.

I am going to close that I can easily be affected by the way others’ treat my friends and

family. I usually want to jump in and help. I think that my ending to this post will be to

close with this thought:

By keeping our attitude positive we can create ripples of joy spreading wider and wider

in circles until we can encompass the ones we hope to “save” and help.

What we do can make a difference. All it takes when you start to get down or “blue”

is to make a change in attitude. I think my ending to this post will be to close with the

lyrics from a great song.

Michael Jackson’s song, “The Man in the Mirror” carries a powerful message, it is

almost like a 70’s folk song. Here are some of the lyrics:

“As I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat

This wind is blowing my mind.

I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat,

Who am I to be pretending not to see their needs?

A summer’s disregard

A broken bottle top

And a one man’s soul

They follow each other on the wind ya’ know.

‘Cause they got nowhere to go.

That’s why I want you to know…

I’m starting with the man in the mirror.

I’m asking him to change his ways.

And no message could have been clearer.

If you wanna make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself and then make a change!”

P. S. I was reading an article recently that addresses the subject about a large

number of children on the free and reduced lunch programs that go hungry in

the summertime.

There are new urban programs teaching families to garden. There are still free

dinners served at churches and soup kitchens to volunteer during the Summer

months! Giving back cheers everyone and helps us appreciate what we have!