The one thing that we can control is how we react to any given situation. One of the ways that I like to think about it is the “Glass half empty” with a twist. Take a look at the glass below is it half full or half empty? Well you already know this one – pessimists say it’s half empty and optimists say it’s half full.

But I say who gives a shit about how much water is in the glass – LOOK at the glass, you have a glass! What a wonderful thing to have, to own. A glass that when you have something to fill it with, will be there to carry it. Rejoice in the glass.

Attitude is your choice and you get to choose how you act in a situation or how you will react to a situation. Your attitude will make all the difference in its outcome. Below is a quote from Charles Swindoll (Sam Walton via some early e-mail chain letters or maybe it was Abraham Lincoln).

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 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% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes. -Charles Swindoll


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