I have published Charles Swindoll’s writing on Attitude several times. Because it always carries a strong positive message I am again publishing it.
If you GOOGLE Charles Swindoll you will see he is quite a special man!
“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 the inevitable. The only thing we can do is to 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.”
WHEW .. POWERFUL .. THOUGHT PROVOKING ..
Thank You Mr. Swindoll for this exceptional concept. Thank You Mr. Swindoll for allowing us a 10% area of ‘wiggle room’ and NOT writing .. that life is 0% what happens to me, and 100% how I react to it.
Because of the impact that our mental health has upon each of us .. I would also add to his last sentence the following .. to a large extent we are in charge of our Attitudes.
PHYSIOLOGICALLY BASED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES!
I feel .. this is just my own personal opinion .. that if your brain chemicals are out-of-whack and going-crazy .. and I mean literally going crazy .. to a great degree you have lost control of your attitude. A friend of Patti and myself made a go at suicide recently attempting the method of hanging. In a post card to her just yesterday I wrote that I can not have a weapon in my life. Especially a firearm. With me this suicide thing can just erupt literally out-of-no-where!
ATTITUDE .. Knowing this about myself I strive to keep my ATTITUDE positive. My ATTITUDE depends upon my physical condition. Proper (it is not first by accident) hydration .. nutrition .. rest .. exercise .. practicing my spiritual principles .. just doing what I know to do so that when one of my horrific dark black clouds suddenly engulfs me .. at age 78 .. I now have the experience to deal with it successfully. I know what to do and how to do it and I DO IT!
Even with brain chemical problems ATTITUDE is important because IF you can somehow get into the proper ATTITUDE and seek and follow professional medical advice .. you can go a long way in this life.
To me … and more important to many Indians themselves .. it is HOTTER THAN HOLY HELL here in India right now. Do many of you go North to Alaska in the dead of winter? Most people do not. The same with India. Most people do NOT come to India during the HOT (there is the HOT and the WET which is the challenging monsoon season and the OTHER here which tends to be mid-November to late February).
PATTI JUST TOLD ME she has read in her newspaper that in my area of India some 500 people have died in the temperatures approaching 118 Degrees Fahrenheit. At least I now feel like less-of-a-wimp!
But if you do go North to Alaska in the winter you may stay-put-inside for a fair amount of the time.
In the winter in Alaska .. IF it feels cool inside .. You walk outside where it IS cold .. When you come back inside it feels very toasty warm. This applies here now .. When my room begins to feel warm .. I go outside and when I return to my room I almost (but not quite) need a down-jacket it feels so cold to me! I am then good-to-go for an hour or often more.
ATTITUDE (MINE) .. What I have to do is to deal with India’s Summer as I deal with Alaska in the Winter. I have finally gotten IT!
Summer in India is really their winter .. One of their two most challenging seasons so just deal with it just like we deal with our winters.
“Captain oh Captain! Just stay inside of your cool and your comfortable air conditioned room during the HEAT ..Captain.” .. “Treat the HEAT ..just like you treat the COLD ..in winter Alaska!”
ATTITUDE .. What do you all see below? A traffic-jam par excellence!
KEEP IN MIND THAT IT IS TERRIBLY HOT!!
ATTITUDE! THEN I SAW IT!
I dashed out of my Auto Rickshaw and I PHOTOGRAPHED IT!
In the midst of some very challenging conditions just look at the ..
Oh Captain My Captain! .. Was this a suicide urge Captain! .. You leaping out of your Auto Rickshaw to dash through the traffic to capture the above photo?
No I just recognized THEIR LOVING AND THEIR POSITIVE ATTITUDE and I wanted to share it with you all! In the swamp grows the lovely lotus flower!
So finally I have gotten my ATTITUDE about this HEAT into a comfortable frame of mind. Stay in during the day and go out at night Captain! Or if you do go out in the noonday-sun .. Which you KNOW full well you are going to do .. Walk very slowly and drink a lot of water! And do it with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE!
Blessings to you all .. Cap ..
I have heard that song writers are to some extent NOT able to NOT write a song. It almost seems as if they have a ‘song-in-their-brain’ DEMANDING to be written. I do not hear this about writers. HOWEVER it was all I could do last night NOT to jump up out of bed and dash to this computer and write the above Post. I could barely contain myself.
I am leaving June 4th .. I am NOT staying here in India past June the 4th!
- MAY 25, 15 .. MEMORIAL DAY 2015 ..
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