I have an attitude because this URI won't go away and I'm probably a silly millimeter away from developing pneumonia. Prevention requires me to stay indoors and not breathe any cold air for long. This sucks, and has for two weeks now.
The attitude causes me to feel sorry for myself and to take a critical approach to the world. Sorry, that second part is the normal me, the attitude is the first part, and I don't usually snivel about myself.
So, I went back to my basic military training in USAF Officer Training School for the answer.
True story follows. Was caused by my problem of reporting to OTS with two left feet...
Scene: 1967. Medina Annex to Lackland AFB, TX, on the drill pad where we learn to march and to LEAD formations in marching movements: I had just screwed up and marched the Flight of 40-some Officer Trainees off the drill pad and into the weeds while trying to have them execute a double flanking movement:
Flight Training Officer: "OT, do you have an attitude?"
Officer Trainee (having been told at the first assembly to always tell the truth): "SIR, I do have an attitude!"
FTO: "OT, you have three seconds to get rid of it. If the Air Force wanted you to have an attitude, you would have been issued one. The entire Flight will now give me fifty pushups because OT Schneider has an unauthorized attitude."
Result: The entire flight will now know to watch OT Schneider very carefully for future development of unauthorized attitudes. Cooperate and graduate.