“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are all in charge of our attitudes.” ~Charles Swindoll
This might be my new favorite quote. Love it. Love it for work. Love it for personal life. Love it for something to teach the kids. Love it for running.
Seriously. How true is that quote for running a marathon? When I look back on my 12 marathons, so many of them were sabotaged by my own attitude. If the weather was too hot (Grandma’s Marathon 2009), too rainy (Twin Cities Marathon 2008), too windy (Lansing Marathon 2012), too whatever, I reacted to it negatively – went in with a bad attitude (“I put in MONTHS of training and now it’s too hot/windy/rainy for me to do well, so I might as well just give up right now”) – and was doomed from step one. How different could those marathons have been if instead of reacting negatively to the circumstances that I couldn’t change, I would have just rolled with the punches and gone in with a smile and positive attitude? (And maybe adjusted my pace a bit from the start . . .) I firmly believe that in marathon running, a positive attitude is necessary to success.
For the past two + years I have been lucky enough to share my days with Scott, who is – hands down – the most positive, happy, easy-going, roll with the punches person that I know. When I read the complete attitude passage by Charles Swindoll, I thought of Scott and the goodness he brings to my life and the lives of everyone who is touched by him, and it is, in large part, due to his ultra-positive attitude.
There he is: Mr. Positive Attitude. :-)
Here’s the whole passage:
“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, 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 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 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” –Charles Swindoll
Remember it, blog readers. Live by it. There is so much about life we can’t control. We are lucky that we can be in charge of our own attitude.