Let me begin this post with short video clip (2:30). Listen for the answer to the question, “What have you learned from all of this?”
Did you catch it?
“Events happen in life and you can’t do anything about controlling the event. The only thing we can control is our reaction to the event.” – Randy Taylor
Chuck Swindoll says it differently: “It’s not what happens to you, but what happens in you that matters.”
The bottom line here is simple: Our attitude about the challenges in life defines us and our influence. Our attitude determines if we brighten the room when we walk in or when we walk out. Our attitude is everything!
It also has an impact on other things like your health. Check out Proverbs 17:22:
“A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Here’s the problem: Many people don’t care about being “merry,” they just want to be right. They’re OK being miserable, stressed out with high blood pressure, wallowing in their circumstances, blaming it on everyone and everything, avoiding any hint of ownership. They would rather be the victim than own it.
Why sign-up for that?
If this is you, you don’t need me to give you Four Attitude Adjusters or the like. You just need to make a better choice.
I close with another word from Chuck Swindoll:
“The longer I love, 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.”