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I have several college degrees and still struggle to pay the bills. I envy them their laidback sangfroid attitudes. Why am I so hard on myself all the time? The answer was revealed to me last night, a sort of epiphany created by urgency.

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You see, the urgency was plugging my ears. I searched the house for earplugs. I ended up shredding an old dish towel and tried to stick the bits in my ears to shut out the noise. Then I gave in and just laid in bed and listened. The connection between my sympathy for the poor animal and pity for myself brought me to a eureka moment. My mother told me the story of my birth. She said a priest took me out of her arms when I was a few hours old with the intention of sending me off to an orphanage.

Since she was unwed at the time and it was the s and I was born in a Catholic hospital, the priest believed he had the authority to decide my future. Without consulting my mother or my grandpa he decided to give me to a nun so that I might be adopted by a good Catholic family and raised in a proper home. My mother and my grandpa when they found out went apeshit, made a scene in the hospital halls and the priest reluctantly brought me back. She was the kind of woman who hated prejudice of any kind, who washed our mouths out with soap when we repeated racists words we heard at school.

By her example I learned to love books, be brave and never give up. And I believe the reason Grandpa Shorty went apeshit over my abduction was because I was born with red hair and he took this as an excellent sign that he and I shared the all-powerful Irish ancestry.

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Since I had red hair, he decided his shortness was confirmation he was Irish. Whatever his reasons were for insisting the priest return his granddaughter to the hospital room, I am grateful. Grandpa Shorty, your intervention allowed me to get to know three incredibly strong independent women: my mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother.

And then there are the nights when the neighborhood is on fire with dogs barking and people partying. All I want to do is eat a brain, not just any brain, the brain responsible for keeping me awake. Just now I created an alarm on my cellphone — Cockeyed Optimist. Sad, but true. Since the day I lost my first tooth I've been writing.

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A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

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And really, life is about your resilience and your ability to go through your life and all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude. Jennifer Hyman.

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Positive Life Attitude Family. Don't forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally. Hannah Bronfman. Positive Love Yourself Daily. I surround myself with good people who make me feel great and give me positive energy. Ali Krieger. Positive Good Myself Me. A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. Patricia Neal. Positive Attitude Strong Will. Did I offer peace today?

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