Last night’s leadership class at Manslick Road focused on the topic of attitude.
One of the students in the class related a study that concluded people who are often considered “lucky” by others, really just have a better attitude. And people who consider themselves unlucky, actually have a poor attitude.
It reminded me of this neat story.
Garland Chapman, who was the principal at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, in the 1970’s, relates an interesting experience during his days as a grade school principal.
A little second-grade boy started out the morning by falling from the school bus and hitting his head on the concrete – requiring three stitches to close the gash!
Recess proved a little unfortunate as he and another boy ran together. Result: two of his teeth were loosened and a lip was busted. During the afternoon he fell and broke an arm.
Mr. Chapman decided to take the boy home immediately before anything else could happen. They were riding together on the country road toward the boy’s home when the principal noticed the little boy clutching something in his hand.
“What do you have?” the principal asked. “A quarter,” answered the boy.
“Where did you get it?” Mr. Chapman asked.
“I found it on the playground today,” explained the little boy.
Then he smiled and with an excited voice exclaimed, “You know Mr. Chapman, I’ve never found a quarter before. This is my LUCKY DAY!”
We all experience bumps, bruises, and troubles in life. But our success, failure, or mediocrity is largely dependent on one thing: our attitude.
Your happiness or unhappiness has to do with your attitude. Your ability to cope with problems, challenges, and setbacks will be in direct proportion to the attitude you have toward those challenges. I know these are strong statements, but I believe they are true.
The joy of each day is dependent not on how what happens to us, but what happens within us. Not how the day looks at us, but how we look at the day.
Some people miss seeing the roses behind a broken fence. Every day has its problems but faith can turn them into blessings. Each beautiful butterfly looks rather uneventful at its beginning, but what a change the day makes.
One writer put it very simply when he wrote, “Attitude is everything.” It is true in the home. The workplace. The church family. The neighborhood. In all of our relationships. Attitude determines how we look at past challenges, how we feel about the present circumstances, and how we view the destiny of the future.
Consider these quotes about the importance of having the right attitude in spite of life’s problems.
Attitude is our mental and emotional response to the circumstances of life.” —Robert Jeffress
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind” —William James
“Life is like baseball; it’s 95% mental and the other half is physical.” —Yogi Berra
“Things turn out the best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out” —Art Linkletter
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” —James A. Allen
“It does not matter what happens to us, but our reaction to what happens to us is of vital importance.” —Fred Mitchell
“It may not be your fault for being down, but its got to be your fault for not getting up.” —Steve Davis
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” —W.W. Ziege
“You are only an attitude away from success” John Maxwell
Everyone has their share of troubles and trials. But there is one simple way to turn your burdens into blessings. Change your attitude!
“Put off… the old man and…Be made new in the attitude of your minds” (Eph. 4:22-23)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman