Wake up and fix your attitude

September 8, 2011

Say to yourself:

Peace Corps is NOT “two years out of my life.”

Peace Corps IS “my life for two years.”

PCVs who stay focused on the idea that their Peace Corps service is just a step between one thing and another, like college and a “real” job, tend to find themselves counting down the days until their COS date. It seems like most of the ones I encounter who cling to this mindset fail to get the most out of this amazing opportunity to experience a different life. Their attitude inhibits their happiness and their chances for fulfillment. While they complain about not getting much for their “sacrifice” of two years out of their lives, their negativity blocks them from everything they could gain.

Like people always say, you get out of anything what you put into it.

I know I’m lucky in my home and my community. But I also know that at least half of my happiness, if not more, is a direct result of my attitude. And I’m tired of listening to other PCVs complain about things that they could fix with a bit of effort.

Think about why you are where you are.

What do you want to get out of the opportunity to be where you are?

Once you have your goals, work for them. You know, a little elbow grease.

Keep in mind that wherever you are, whether America or some tiny place abroad, you will face challenges and you will find opportunities. Hopefully you’re willing to face those challenges, learn from them, and seize the opportunities in front of you. Even work at creating some opportunities while you’re at it. I find that opportunities for work, cultural experiences, or any number of random things spring up just about every time I walk out my front door. Sometimes that’s all it takes, getting out and talking to people with an open mind and a positive attitude.

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~ by marjmallow on September 8, 2011.

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