I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. I am committed to my own personal growth and am always trying to learn more about the things I am passionate about. One of the important lessons I have learned in my life is that a positive attitude is imperative to not just success, but more importantly to living a significant life.
This week I was reminded of that important lesson. A friend of mine, Kate Voth passed away on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was only 27-years-old. Reflecting on this tragedy, I was reminded about the positive attitude Kate always had even though she had to deal with this terrible disease for years. I was reminded again about Kate’s attitude at her memorial service. So many people talked about this. Even in her suffering Kate remained positive, which I believe will live on for a long time in the people she touched.
Kate’s story got me thinking about a quote that I have always loved: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” Kate accepted the cards she was dealt and she LIVED her life. She remained positive through things that are unimaginable to most people.
And yet how do most of us live our lives? We focus on the negative. We constantly tear people down through our words. We become “yeabuts” to the people close to us. We become “yeabuts” to ourselves. We know we cannot change our cards, but we try anyway, rather
than simply changing the way we play. This is not the way to live a significant life.
As I mentioned, I am committed to being a lifelong learner. Every now and then though, I re-learn a lesson that I have already learned. This week, I have re-learned the importance of a positive attitude. I have learned from Kate that I must keep moving forward with that positive attitude, and not let how the cards are dealt bring me down. Attitude really is everything. A positive attitude will change your life and so many others lives as well. Kate proved that.
This blog is dedicated to Kate Voth, who lived an amazing life of positivity. Her attitude, spirit, and leadership inspired many. Please keep Kate’s family and friends in your prayers through this difficult time.