by Don McMahon
Following Arsenal’s rather late capitulation to Anderlecht and in anticipation of the negative bloggers bound to assault UA with their gloom and doom scenarios I felt it salient to provide some upbeat and encouraging observations about being positive in all things Arsenal. Now some will surely argue that wearing rose-coloured glasses won’t change reality but one has to first know what reality is.
One of my favourite quotes from Nido Qubein, president Emeritus of High Point University in the US is:
Whether you reach success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances; it has much more to do with your attitude…with your faithful courage…with your choices!
Dr. Quebin came to the US unable to speak fluent English and with $50 dollars in his pocket but became a rector of a large US University and a coveted public speaker, consultant and author among other things.
You see, non-achievers blame their circumstances; winners rise above their circumstances. Some concentrate on the blank wall that boxes them in; winners always look for a way to get under it, over it, around it, or through it.
Here is some more of his wisdom:
The law of inertia holds that a body at rest tends to remain at rest, and
a body in motion tends to remain in motion, at the same speed and in the
same direction, unless acted upon by an outside force.
With one major difference, that law applies very well to the pattern of our lives.
People who are successful tend to remain successful.
People who are happy tend to remain happy.
People who are respected tend to remain respected.
People who reach their goals tend to go on reaching their goals.
So what’s the major difference?
In physics, inertia is controlled by outside forces; but the real changes in the directions of our lives come from inside us. As William James said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a person can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind.”
Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, the choice as to how you will be in the future is yours, and yours alone. You can live every day of your life. You can be alive to the tips of your fingers. You can accomplish virtually any worthwhile goal you set for yourself.
Tonight, Anderlecht sensed that they could come back against Arsenal and they did. Over two games they showed spirit and strength despite only taking 1 point. Arsenal failed to defend effectively and press consistently for the last 20 minutes of the game and paid the price. However they did take 4 points and have two more games in which to qualify so all is definitely NOT lost.
A pessimist would say:
Its all Wenger’s fault…we’ll NEVER win anything under his leadership, or
An optimist would say;
This is a one-off event and won’t be repeated. Arsenal will learn from their mistakes tonight and come out revitalized for their next match.
There will be some who claim that they are being realists when they moan and diss Arsenal and Arsene and boo the club and its players, but in fact, they are being totally disingenuous, unfairly negative and by embracing a rather hapless attitude that is in no way justified by recent events they contribute to the media’s enthusiastic demeaning of AFC.
The VAST majority of our Gooners are positive, loyal and faithful supporters who will let their team know if they failed to deliver or underperformed on the night BUT they will be back supporting the Arsenal regardless of what transpired in the past and because of the success and courage this team has known over the years.
As Dr.Quebin pointed out, the choice to be upbeat and constructive is always ours. If our attitude is one of arrogant and judgemental negativism and pessimism, then there is little place for one to support their team. We are entitled to express our concerns and our disappointments after seeing performances that deserve criticism but we MUST overcome a bad attitude and rebound, like the Club will do and has done in the past following a poor performance. That is what being a winner is all about and Arsenal ARE winners.