Well, I definitely woke up on the right side of the bed this morning. In fact, with my new self-esteem tool kit I rarely get up with a negative attitude. I usually start my day off excited. I am excited about what the day may hold and I am thankful for being well rested. The moment I get up, I turn on the computer and start to read messages and get myself ready to meet and greet the world. But, I wasn't always like that. There were certainly days that I could not even get up. Before I go into today's blog, I want to mention some upcoming and exciting things happening with the blogspot.
Mildred Muhammad, ex-wife of the D.C. Sniper, John Allen Muhammad will be with us soon. We will go deep into the mind of a woman who was married to John for over 12 years. After killing 10 people, he was set to kill Mildred. Mildred still carries the permanent protection/restraining order daily. John has tried to escape at least three times.
How did she survive and what is she doing today? All these and more questions will be answered in an interview soon to be posted. (Info on John Allen Muhammad at bottom)
Also, we are getting booked with great interviews. There is a line-up of five interviews already. You will not believe these stories. Some sound right out of a movie. You never know who you are talking to sometimes. People have been through some tragic experiences and have come out of it. Some are still in it. I want to make sure that we get the stories out there so that others can see that they are not alone.
If you would like to tell your story, please let me know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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So, where was I? Yeah, attitude.
Websters on-line dictionary defines attitude as:
1. A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.
a. A state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work.
b. An arrogant or hostile state of mind or disposition.
3. The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
4. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.
5. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee
Wow!!! This is absolutely great. I like all of these definitions for attitude. There is a lot to think about when we mention attitude.
In the first definition it talks about the body or manner of carrying oneself. The moment you awaken, it is you who decides the body or manner in which you will carry yourself. You define you, simple. You can also be arrogant or hostile as in definition 2.b.
Now, I really like 3. The orientation of an aircraft's axes... This is deep. What do I mean?
Well, if you think about it, it talks about an horizon. I see this horizon as other people, things, etc. Our attitude affects everything we do and how we do it. People, places and things are out there and as we approach them, we have to decide how we approach them. Depending on your approach, something will transpire. For instance, if you yell at someone, they may yell back at you -- agressive approach begets an agressive approach.
I will not harp on this subject because you get what I am talking about. But, I will mention that image is everything and attitude makes up that image. Market yourself in a way that you will be positively remembered. You see, you will develop champions -- people who believe in you. They will spread the good word about you or they will spread the bad word about you. Which one do you want spread about you? Certainly food for thought.
As I promised, this is information about the D.C. Sniper case.
Til next time...
John Allen Muhammad (b. December 31, 1960) is a spree killer from the United States. With his younger partner, Lee Boyd Malvo, he carried out the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, killing 10 people. Muhammad and Malvo were arrested in connection with the attacks on October 24, 2002, following tips from alert citizens. Born John Allen Williams, Mohammad converted to Islam in 1987 and later changed his surname. Drawings by Malvo describe the killing spree as part of a "jihad" (holy war). At Muhammad's trial, the prosecutor claimed that the rampage was part of a plot to kill his ex-wife and regain custody of his children, but the judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support this argument.
His trial for one of the murders (the murder of Dean Harold Meyers in Prince William County, Virginia) began in October 2003, and the following month, he was found guilty of capital murder. Four months later he was sentenced to death. While awaiting execution in Virginia, in August 2005, he was extradited to Maryland to face some of the charges there, for which he was convicted of six counts of first-degree murder on May 30, 2006. Upon completion of the trial activity in Maryland, it was planned that he next be returned to Virginia's death row unless some agreement is reached with another state or the District of Columbia seeking to try him. As of October 2006, he has not been tried on additional charges in other Virginia jurisdictions, and faces potential trials in three other states and the District of Columbia involving other deaths and serious woundings. As of September 2008, the various trials brought against him were apparently all completed. Some appeals had been made and rejected, but others remained pending.