Altitude versus Attitude versus Aptitude versus Gratitude
Altitude refers to how far a body is above ground level; It simply means the height which the body chooses. While Attitude refers to the orientation and position of a body. Aptitude refers to capability or ability and Gratitude refers to
Altitude: We can choose our altitude! A pilot chooses altitude that is above the influence of the weather. We can be buoyant and rise above our problems when we choose to.
A common issue are automatic negative thoughts. They are a problem when we unaware of them but are affected when they influence how we feel. Thinking shitty=feeling shitty.
Remember that we haven’t screwed up once tomorrow and that you can’t change the past although we can learn from it. But if we are conscious of being in the moment we can experience success by intent versus failure through oblivion.
Being above the turbulence of life is not being distant or detached from this reality by a conscious choice to not being influenced by the negativity of the world around us.
If you cannot change the world…change yourself.
Do not remove yourself from the chaos of the world…rise above it.
Attitude: We can also choose our attitude! When a pilot cannot fly above a storm they will fly around it. Choosing an attitude speaks to emotional flexibility.
World English Bible: Philippians 4:8
Friends, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.
Aptitude: capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent:
Develop an aptitude for attitude, meaning use your ability to choose the positive over the negative.
The ability to choose your Altitude, your Attitude and your capacity for Gratitude. If you don’t choose these consciously you are giving away your power.
Gratitude: is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.
To fully experience gratitude one must do an inventory of what we are and what we truly possess. This is an internal inventory for we cannot possess something external to ourselves.
Like altitude and attitude gratitude is a personal choice.
“When you can see through the illusion of the world, it’s perception of our ownership of things, of the desire to possess things that are external to you, of which you can never truly possess then you can truly possess yourself; first by understanding yourself so that you can manoeuvre above or around the turmoil of the world and by developing the capacity for gratitude to begin to appreciate yourself and your place in the order of things.” (Tom 2017)