Attitude control

If we do not seek variation, we end up dead in life, shutting out those new experiences that keep our hearts and minds active. Our horizons will shrink, our learnings will stagnate and we will become nothing but creatures of habit.*
Anna Katharina Schaffner

An aircraft’s attitude is stabilised in three directions: yaw, nose left or right about an axis running up and down; pitch, nose up or down about an axis running from wing to wing; and roll, rotation about an axis running from nose to tail.

Variation is not a matter of distance or of money, primarily it is a matter of attitude, a matter of openness to all that is around us right where we are.

(If, then, distance or money happen to come along, we’ll know what to do with them.)

Being curious and interested is good for our health. Finding something to pursue and invest ourselves in, no matter the space, experience or circumstance.

A clear sense of self-directed meaning provides us with an essentially inexhaustible supply of motivation.**

Here are a few simple ways in: take a familiar walk slowly to notice more, take an unfamiliar walk and note things to find out more about, like the person who has given their name to a road-sign you see, meet up with someone for an hour and find out all about their work and/or their motivations.

*From Anna Katharina Schaffner’s The Art of Self-Improvement;
**From Steven Hayes’ A Liberated Mind.

2 thoughts on “Attitude control

  1. Thank you for this. And big, big apologies for it taking me so long to get round to replying. I’ve need to wait to wait for a little annual leave to catch up with all the comments. I’m grateful for all of them. Keep entering the thin|silence.

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