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, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, 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 every day 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 plan on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes. – Unknown
Over the years I've come to realize that attitude towards others and situations, especially those that tend to bring discomfort and uneasiness, are often reflections of how we choose to perceive and handle the experience in our willingness of how it will affect us either positively or negatively. I know that this will play a large factor in my journey through life, even now–months before I leave, and I strive in choosing to have a more positive attitude and outlook on any-given situation, because if I ever lose the laughter of life's intangibles that has carried me thus far, I will have given up one of the most precious assets of my being. I'll leave today's blog with a quote from The Alchemist that seems extremely fitting regarding attitude.
"If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own."