The advice from Dr. Charles Swindell is framed on the wall of my office near my computer so that i can see it every day. i’m happy to share it with you.
the longer i live, the more i realize the impact of attitude on life. attitude to me is more important than acts. 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 then appearance, giftedness, or skill. the remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. we cannot change our past. we cannot change the fact that people may 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’m convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how i react to it. and so it is with you. we are in charge of our attitudes.
Henry Ford said it another way: “if you think you can or you think you can’t, you are probably right.”
i read that off a TOEFL book.
so that basically sums up everything.
you know i’m studying TOEFL.
you know i think i’m pretty crap at it.
but you also know now that despite all the doubt, i still have faith.
oh God, i have faith in You. although i don’t usually know why you’re leading me up this very steep and dangerous path but i always believe in You. always.