ATTITUDE; Charles R. Swindoll Quote:
“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.”
My friend, David shared this quote. His wife, Lisa had clipped it out for him and slipped it under his home office door. She would often do this while he was at work and he loved her inspirational quotes. David had gotten home late on the evening of Sept 10th after working all weekend at our anual Photography Convention Trade Show at PPANE. He owned a Photography business in Boston and had been a vendor at the show for many years.
Lisa left the house very early the next morning on September 11 at 5AM for her flight.
She was on Flight 11, flying from Boston to CA for her TJX job.
It wasn’t until later that day that David read this quote that Lisa had cut out for him and left under his office door.
David shared this quote in his 911 Thank you notes to others across the country and the world. He said this was a message from Lisa for all of us and wanted to share and inspire others.
David is now remarried, his wife, Debra was a single mom with 2 children, David had 2 young girls and now they have a child together. David made a choice for himself and his kids to not have anymore of his ‘time’ taken away as a result of 911.
As I was shuffling through Jeffrey’s high school papers this week, I noticed the same quote. The quote by itself is very powerful. Combined with David and Lisa’s story it is inspiring for us to remember the importance of attitude and how we can make a difference in others lives. Thank you Lisa and David for sharing and reminding us how important our attitude is and how we can make a difference.