We had some “attitude” discussions today – along the lines of it taking a bad experience and making it not only bearable, but quite possibly good. I overheard a certain dad sharing with a certain teen one of the great secrets of life. As he did, I thought the”lecture” (aptly named by the teen) was as applicable to him as to me. Jon shared the following from Chuck Swindoll as he explained to the teen that almost any situation can be redeemed with some attitude adjustment.
Hope it puts some wind in your sails as you parent, friend, work … whatever you’re doing today.
“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 90% of how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
I don’t know if it sinks in with kids, but it’s worth sharing … and remembering it for me while I’m sharing.
Thanks for walking the road with me.