Well, as language continues to evolve, or devolve, there’s nothing “cooler” than shortening words for effect. 😊 It also takes less energy and effort. I mean, why bother with all those syllables and pronunciation, right?
There’s also a connotation that sticks with these phrases. These monotone soundbites.
Today’s example is “tude.” The short version of “attitude.” And it’s usually with the negative connotation. “So, what’s with all the tude man?” “Too early in the day for that kind of tude.”
I’m sure you’ve heard it before.
I’d like to spin it another way. Another type of “tude.” This one being “gratitude.” It’s never too early in the day to have gratitude and you really can’t have enough or too much of it either.
I see a lot of posts and articles about having gratitude. It’s a much healthier way to view the world for sure. Be grateful for what you have and don’t be agonizing over what you don’t have. Rid yourself of envy and jealousy.
You’ll be a lot happier.
I’ve even seen a few posts advising us to be grateful for the things we don’t have. And I like this perspective. There are unseen consequences, at times, when we think we are getting the things we desire. Not always good ones. Swimming with sharks.
And there are many things we certainly don’t want to get or acquire. One might immediately think coronavirus in the current climate.
Another case in point:
A couple of days ago a friend and I were out walking in a local park. It’s laid out quite nicely with paved trails and a central lake. It attracts a lot of wildlife, and we usually log several miles in this place of peace.
A lot of others do too.
And there is clubhouse of sorts that people apparently rent for events.
As fate would have it, we’d be passing by that clubhouse just as a young couple in their twenties were existing some kind of luncheon. The young woman was carrying their infant in her arms. A one-and-a-half-year-old boy as we would find out.
As they emerged, we witnessed the young child go into a grand mal seizure. With both of us being retired critical care nurses, we immediately approached the panicking parents and calmly offered instruction for guarding the child’s airway and not trying to restrict the child’s movement as that can result in other injuries.
We followed them back inside the clubhouse as 911 was called. And yet another nurse was present who assumed care while we waited for the paramedics to arrive.
Now I can’t think of any reason for an innocent child to have to suffer a seizure like this, and I sincerely hope that this could turn out to be a one-time event, even if that’s unlikely.
From the “tude” perspective, isn’t it fortunate, that this event unfolded in a place where there just happened to be three nurses? People who could provide immediate support. Isn’t that something to have gratitude for?
And we were also only a few blocks from one of the local hospitals. Grateful the wait for the paramedics was short.
And from a more personal perspective, shouldn’t we be thankful for not having a seizure disorder ourselves. For not having to grow up with the specter of such a disease. Or not having to have witnessed our own children suffer so.
I only hope that this child and his parents do not have to greatly suffer with this, as their lives, in just a few moments time, have changed forever.
Yep, there are a lot of reasons to have “tude.” Gratitude. We should celebrate them every day.
Photos: The feature pic is dawn, on one of the trails in the Rocky Mountains. Much tude for Mother Earth and Grandfather Sun! Below, a simple Ragwort along the trail. Of course, nothing is simple. It is all beautifully complex and to be cherished. 🙂