An airplane has an instrument called the “attitude indicator.” It shows the position of the plane to the horizon. When the airplane is climbing, it is said to have a “nose-high attitude” because the nose of the airplane is pointed above the horizon. When the aircraft is diving, it is said to have a “nose-down attitude” because the nose of the plane is below the horizon.
1. Assuming the horizon represents “average,” we might say that if our attitude is UP, we can expect to have an above-average life. If our attitude is DOWN, we will have a below-average life.