Last year, I challenged people to be curious and step outside their comfort zones. Hopefully, you did and learned something new about yourself or your community. This year, I have a new challenge for you—What do you love about Pendleton?
Even though I was not raised here in Pendleton, it is my chosen home. You may have heard the radio spots where I share some of the reasons that I love Pendleton, and those reasons center around the people who live here. Perhaps it is because I have lived elsewhere that I appreciate the polite and friendly attitudes of the local people I meet. There are always a few people kvetching about Pendleton, but I strongly disagree with them.
You see, your attitude is everything. If one wakes up in the morning in a negative mood looking for bad, ugly, and offensive things, that is what the person will find; however, if one wakes up seeking positive, beautiful, and delightful things, those are there. You see what you focus on, and I choose to look at opportunities rather than obstacles.
My students have heard me say many times that attitude is everything, and that applies to every aspect of your life. We all know at least one person who can bring an entire group down just by his or her presence and constant complaining. Hopefully, you also know at least one person who brings joy and good vibes. A person’s attitude radiates, and that attitude can impact those in the vicinity. Yes, there are horrible things, but rather than focus on them, my approach is to find ways to make improvements.
Your attitude, whether positive or negative, has a huge impact on everything. If you don’t believe me, give this a try: Spend one week waking up with a positive outlook and maintaining that attitude throughout your workday. (You could also try the negative outlook for a week, but that’s just depressing.) At the end of the week, make a list of the positives and the negatives. Maybe even ask your friends or family if they noticed a difference.
My approach is positive, and I find many things for which I am truly grateful. Throughout 2018, I will be sharing stories and videos about the positive things in and around Pendleton. You could help me by sharing your stories or giving me the histories of why things are the way they are. For example, I just learned there’s a park below a bridge and the reasons for the little park.
Please email or call me with your ideas or thoughts. We could have an informal chat on Facebook live, or you can send me your stories, and I will share them. I have so many questions about so many things. Help me out! Let’s get together and spread the word about the awesome things to see and do here in Pendleton.
Just in case you are wondering, I did step outside of my comfort zone in 2017, and I have found even more things to explore.
Velda Arnaud, Chair
Pendleton Chamber Economic Development Committee