by Charles Swindoll
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more 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."
I Promise Myself
TO BE so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
TO TALK health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.
TO MAKE all my friends feel that there is something in them.
TO LOOK at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
TO THINK only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
TO BE just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
TO FORGET the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
TO WEAR a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature I meet a smile.
TO GIVE so much time to the improvement of myself that I have no time to criticize others.
TO BE too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit
the presence of trouble.
My Attitude ... is my life.