Attitude

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…. a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…. we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 99% of how I react to it. And so it is with you.. we are in charge of our attitudes.”

This week has been snowy.

It has been ridiculously cold.

It has been a war to get on and off the bus everyday.

Deadlines approached.

And obstacles have made me feel like efforts are at times futile.

I still feel icky and run-down.

Other people have been grouchy.

And I just wish I had a cave to hibernate in.

Then I look at this nice little ditty from our good old friend Charles Swindle, hanging there, tacked to the wall on a pleated and worn piece of paper, and I think to myself… how on God’s green earth did you ever gain such perspective?

I would almost admire him if he wasn’t rubbing it in my face so blatantly.

Clearly still working on the attitude adjustment that my mother told me I needed when I was 16. The pursuit of excellence is after all a life long journey… now how’s that for attitude Swindle?!

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4 thoughts on “Attitude

    • And this is reflected the minute you evaluate those people around you who take things in stride – the little stuff doesn’t get to them, they are always smiling and they just happy with living, no matter what cards life has handed them.
      I also think having a positive attitude makes people around you respond to you positively, so it’s an amazing self-reinforcing cycle!
      Thanks for reading!

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