Is your attitude first class?
Attitude, the good word, no matter how much it gets thrashed around, always rocks. You’ve got to admit that it is a great topic to talk about. But what really adds value to this wonderful word is actually seeing it in action on a daily basis.
One of the residents in our condo complex is a terrific lady. Always cheerful. Enthusiastic. Energetic. In short – all those things that make a person so very like-able.
This morning, Vidur and I left for school as usual. We went down to our garage. Now – we have a shutter that sometimes needs Schwarzenegger-like strength to raise it. Just as I braced myself and raised the shutter in one go, I heard the tack-tack-tack of a walking stick.
And there she was.
Our very own favorite lady. “Hi Vidur” she said.
Our man smiled and said “Hello aunty”.
Then she said “All the best for your exams, raja!”
And he said “Thanks aunty!”
Then she squeezed his shoulder affectionately and said “Hey Vidya – how are you?”
And I said “Fine aunty. And you?”
She said “First Class”.
The moment she said “First Class” the day somehow brightened for me instantly.
That’s attitude first class for you.
Consider this: she had an accident about a year ago and had to undergo surgery. She’s still recovering from it and has to necessarily use support to walk in the form of a walking stick – the sort that has a claw like end for more support than the usual single-pronged one.
Why am elaborating this is – She lives on the third floor and including our basement, that’s four floors up. I am thinking about how she has to climb four floors when there’s a power-cut. Step by step.
So – the fact that she says “First Class” whenever we say “how are you” is a big mood-upper – not just for me, but for most of our building residents. What a great way to look at life, and make others happy in the process.