How Does Your Attitude Look Today?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Yesterday, I was celebrating with the teachers of our school district at our local Walmart. As a board trustee, we awarded every teacher in our district with a $100 spending spree. While this may seem to be a small amount to some, these extra funds can make a big difference in a classroom.

I was a high school Biology teacher for many years and know from experience that teachers spend a lot of their own money in their classrooms. I also know that many teachers spend money on supplies to help out with the students who show up without the needed items. Sadly, many children come from situations where they just don't have the means to provide them with the supplies.

As we were cheering the teachers on as they filled their baskets, a woman in our community asked me what we were doing. I explained that the teachers were there to spend their $100. She looked at me with a sour face and replied, "That's all they are getting?"

When I heard her words, my heart was saddened to the core. While it would be great to be able to provide our teachers with much more, the joy we were witnessing was wonderful. These teachers were grateful and appreciative.

Hearing this woman's negative response gave me pause as to how our attitude reflects on others. Are you projecting positive energy or are you one of those Debbie Downers who sees the negative in everything? And, how are your words reflecting your inner self?

Perhaps it is time for a self-attitude check. Don't be that person that reflects a sour inner spirit. It is not becoming and others will want to run! So, how does your attitude look today?

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Comments (28)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I try to be as positive as I can about life and events. We never know how a situation is going to turn out until it is finally over. I love the quote from the movie The marigold hotel or the sequel I believe. The manager/owner of the hotel says it will all be alright in the end, and if it is not alright, it is not the end.

Aug 09, 2022 08:34 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I would have asked her how much she would like to contribute 🤪

Thank you Dr. Paula McDonald for your positive, gracious, and giving heart and attitude. 

Aug 09, 2022 09:19 AM
Carol Williams

That is the perfect response, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist !

Aug 11, 2022 06:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate



Mr. Crappy Says

Flush the Negative Attitude!






Aug 09, 2022 11:58 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Hey Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - that is an excellent quote. Thank you for reminding of that one.

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - you are so kind. I appreciate your platform to "flush" out the negative.

Aug 09, 2022 12:09 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent post and a chance to pause.  Since the pandemic, negative responses have increased ten-fold.  I'll definitely do a reassessment of my attitude and be mindful of how I appear to others.  

Aug 09, 2022 07:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Teachers often go out of pocket to provide classroom supplies.  I'm glad this event was available to them.

Aug 09, 2022 08:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Had I been in your shoes I would have asked:   would you like to double that amount? We would love your donation. Keep in mind that is the Airborne Ranger Infantry CPT not the Beverly Hills Realtor speaking:)Endre

Aug 09, 2022 10:20 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho

From Ranger, Realtor, or any other profession your comment appropriate.  In fact short of what many have to say about or to this person.  m

Aug 22, 2022 01:01 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I guess she never heard of “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, but it probably wouldn’t make much sense to most people these days anyway.

Aug 10, 2022 02:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Paula- I do my best to have and project a positive attitude and also admit that I am not always successful. 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 That is one of my favorite movies and love the quote. 

Aug 10, 2022 07:26 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paula,
I know teachers often need more supplies than are provided. One of my cousins who is a teacher has set up an Amazon gift registry on various occasions. She puts in there what she needs for her classroom and asks friends and family to buy whatever they can to help. It's kind of fun to go shopping for her and the kids instead of myself.

As for negativity, I just don't go down that path.

Aug 11, 2022 06:54 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Paula - this is a wonderful reminder.  Teachers deserve all of our support.  Every one I know does it because they want to make a difference.  I am there to help any way I can.

Aug 13, 2022 03:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Paula - just an additional thought on attitude, like Nina I try to be possible in my thoughts and especially in my communication.

Aug 13, 2022 03:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Paula. Each day waking up on the right side of the grass creates new opportunities. Might as well expend your energy with a positive attitude. Enjoy your day.

Aug 13, 2022 05:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The $100 was a wonderful gift! I'm sure the teachers were very happy. As for the attitude of the lady who thought it should be more, I hope I never sound like that!

Aug 13, 2022 05:48 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Are you a person who looks at the world with the glass half full or half empty? Possibly we may wish to remember that person may have been coming from a place where she believed there should be more money and was actually shocked.  Sometimes we must step back and reflect upon what is said, how it is said (body language) as well as the person saying it.

Aug 13, 2022 08:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Paula, for sharing this story. Some of us may need an attitude adjustment.

Have a lovely weekend.

Aug 13, 2022 08:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 13, 2022 06:45 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Being positive is SO much more fun than being negative. Too bad some people will never learn that fact.

Aug 14, 2022 12:02 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I think it was a great gesture & glad it was appreciated. You should have asked that lady to whip out her checkbook & give more!

Aug 17, 2022 10:52 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Paula, while reading I was thinking how special for these teachers.  How special for those who helped enable this wonderful action.  I was so saddened you had to have some of that spoiled by an entitled A.. H...   Congrats on the wonderful event that was no doubt appreciated by so MANY.  Mark

Aug 22, 2022 12:59 PM