Attitude (by Charles Swindoll)

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   Posted 9/23/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Everyone,

I work for TJX Companies. As some of you may know, we lost 7 women on 9/11 who were on one of the flights. Well, TJX, along with the families, built a memorial garden on site at the corporate headquarters. I walked down there today, and saw this engraved under one of the woman's names (Lisa Fenn Gordenstein):

Attitude (by Charles Swindoll):

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 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 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 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% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitudes.



"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
Robert F. Kennedy 


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   Posted 9/23/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
This is 100% accurate.  We have talked and talked and talked about this on this forum but this says it so clearly!  Thanks for posting this.
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   Posted 9/23/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kerri. This is something I have been working very hard on. Not just for fibro but everything in my life.
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   Posted 9/23/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my thank you...
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   Posted 9/24/2008 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you liked it. The garden is beautiful, but it is difficult to sit there sometimes and read what the families' have written under the women's names. This one, I thought, was very valuable. I actually used part of it to advise my 10 year old son last night. "...Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it."



"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
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   Posted 9/24/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kerri-
I just watched on the History channel all the home video that regular citizens took on the day of 9/11 in New York. I had never seen this before and I was glued to this program. I have never felt so many emotions during that one hour. The bravery of these people that lost their lives that day!

Thanks for the post and it just gently reminds me to watch my attitude and to keep things in perspective.

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   Posted 9/24/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Well done! Thank you.
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