Signs of a changing season: All you can control is your own attitude.

Nearly ten years ago, my friend Greg Ettl said to me, "All you can control is your own attitude."

I think about that more than some people might.

Mostly because it's true.

In the grand scheme of things, the adversity of being an early-career, (sometimes) under-employed researcher is really quite low on the human suffering scale. Especially when you have a few layers of privilege stacked up. And it's placed into full context when any real life adversity hits. If you follow the news, a whole lotta adversity has been hitting an awful lot of people for a very long time. I'm not really one of them.

I don't have a manifesto on how the world should be, how my communities should be, or what I "deserve." But, I know that I can control my attitude, which dictates my actions and reactions to to the world around me.

Thanks, Greg.