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Here at Hyde, having the right attitude is encouraged and as the saying goes, "Nothing can help the person with the wrong attitude and nothing can stop the person with the right attitude."
Recently, in our school meeting, we addressed this theme and talked about those unproductive attitudes that hold us back, as well as those productive attitudes that elevate us. We used the analogy of an unproductive attitude as a "chair" that we carry around weighing us down. At times, we think that attitude is really who we are, even though we could put it down allowing us to move forward. On the other hand, our productive attitudes often do not get acknowledged, and so we can take them for granted. We asked the students and faculty to identify those attitudes that move us forward and those that weigh us down. Some examples included:
Productive Attitudes
Hard worker
Sharing struggles
Asking for help
Unproductive Attitudes
I can't do this
Don't notice me
Taking it personally 
We also explored deeper attitudes which included:
Deep Attitudes
Taking on too much responsibility
Avoiding conflict
If you are not here for me, I am outta here
I'm not good enough
It was a powerful meeting. We listened and learned that we all have "chairs" that we could put down more often as well as strengths that we need to bet on. Some of the comments included:
"This meeting has helped me see myself in a new light."
"I can see the attitudes that get in my way."
"It was helpful to hear that we all have strengths."
As Charles Swindoll said,
"We cannot change our past...We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react."
Laura D. Gauld '76

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