Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lost and Found

I found a quote a long time ago that really spoke to me and really shaped my outlook on life. It was printed on a piece of paper and kept in a quasi-journal thing in my room at my parent's house for a long time. Of course, who knows where that that paper is now. Yet I think of it once in a while and today decided to take advantage of this Internet doohickey to find the quote. It was tricky since I didn't know exactly how it went, but I found here, and I'm posting it here as a new keeping place. You can read it or not, I'm really clipping this one for myself. You will know me a little better for it though, if you are into that kind of thing.

“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.”

- Charles R Swindoll