Can we keep the New Year’s “ATTITUDE” all year round?

By Rev. Norman Fong

February 26, 2018

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of “attitude” on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than the circumstances we face. Whether we are facing good times or bad times, in sickness or good health, it’s our attitude that determines how “happy” we are during life’s situations. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday 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 control is our attitude towards whatever we face in life. . I am convinced that life is 25% of what happens to me and 75% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.

As a pastor, I have seen so many people face sickness and problems in life and some remain “happy” and even “appreciative” of life, while others complain and go negative facing the very same situations. Some people see the cup half full while others see the same cup half empty. I love the spirit of the Chinese New Year which urges all of us to begin fresh and begin the new year with a positive attitude! I love it when we don’t argue or say bad things during new year’s day and I wish we could be that way all year round.

 new asia banquet

norman fong and chinatown cdc resident

We all face life differently but I really believe that it’s 75% about our attitude. I don’t know about you but I have been to a lot of banquets & dinners during the new year and have passed out so many lucky envelopes to relatives, friends & co-workers. People are so generous & positive during the new year season which ends soon. I love it and wish it would last longer. The Parade is over & today is the last day of the Chinese New Year Street Fair.

In the next three months, because of politics & the Mayoral Election in June, I’m afraid that it could get very “negative” and friends now could become enemies. The positive spirit of the new year’s could end quickly when the various candidates & their campaigns say bad things about each other. I know some of you out there will say “That’s Life. That’s Politics”.

chinatown cdc resident

cameron house

I believe politicians too have a choice in attitude too! You don’t have to go negative and bad mouth each other. I have even experienced in the past “Good Friends of Chinatown” running for office saying terrible things about their competitors. I remember what people said about each other during the race that Ed Lee won to become Mayor. I was shocked about all the lies that were spread and people in the community attacking each other. Relationships were broken and even I became disappointed in certain people who would go so far as to lie, make false accusations & bad mouth good people just to get someone elected. Some people would divide our community just to gain personal influence & power with whoever becomes Mayor. Can we keep our community unity & the spirit of the new year alive in the months to come? I sure hope so. It’s the year of the dog, be loyal to the community not selfish interests.

We can win over negativity or even tough situations in life with a positive attitude. Happy New Year everybody!

Originally published in Sing Tao Daily on February 25, 2018

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