Monday, March 01, 2010

The importance of attitude

My division at work had layoffs about six weeks ago. I survived. It has been a rough eighteen months. We have had six, maybe seven layoffs and lost about half of the original 350 people. On her last day on site one of the employees handed this quote out to her friends:

“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 Swindoll


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4 comments:

Mrs. C said...

That 10% is really important if you need to pay the bills, though. :)

We are going through the same thing here but I cannot blog about it. So far we are safe, but we are not really safe, are we?

Henry Cate said...

I hope things work out for you. We do live in rough times. I think we'll need to be flexible. It will help to be prepared, store some food, learn some basic skills, save some money and so on.

Anonymous said...

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Henry Cate said...

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