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It’s All About the Attitude

Jake has been diligently peaking away at the computer for four months now. He’s entering a writing contest that if he wins, he will receive State recognition and some sort of scholarship…. I think.  I’m not too sure on my facts.  This could be due to the harmone induced eruption that occured last night when he actually bothered to read the rule booklet for this contest.

~ Must be typed double spaced. ~ check, got it.

~ Must not be dictated ~ check, got it.

~ Must not be over 5 written pages.


“Jake, how long is your story, it’s looking pretty lengthy over there.”

“35 pages.”

“Urrrrrrrrrrrrrr, ummmmmmmm, Can you shave off a little? like, say, 30 pages?”

“Well ofcourse not!!!!!! In fact, I probably have at least 10 more pages of info I need to include.”

“But the rules say ‘no more than 5 written pages’, son.”

“Momma!!!!! I see that!!! But my book is typed, not hand written.”

Children with Aspergers syndrome are very literal.

My suggestion to Jake: Start all over.

Devastation sets in……..

“But what about my book????????  I worked so hard and the deadline is in 10 days!!!!!!!”

And so I tell him, “Jake, it’s all about how you look at it, you know your attitude…..use the 35 page book in another contest. You can do it. Just get your mind clear and your attitude where it needs to be….


 by: Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. 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 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 to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

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