Attitude is one thing you can control

Attitude is one thing you can control

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Dear friends and neighbors: Uncertainty is a part of daily life, but at times like this uncertainty can be fraught with a greater level of apprehension and fear.

Our preoccupation with the unknown can trigger thoughts and responses that we would never consider under normal circumstances, and that is where we find ourselves in today’s world of COVID-19 – like that fear of the dark as a child, or the fear of strangers.

For most of us, these things can be tidied up with the thought of “this too shall pass.”

Amidst the uncertainty of tomorrow, I have decided to play on the one string that I can, and that is my attitude.

Among the many gifts I have received in life, one of the smallest and yet most powerful was a sheet of paper titled "Attitude" by Charles Swindoll. I have kept it on the corner of my desk for almost 20 years now, and today I would like to share it with all of you.

“ATTITUDE -- 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 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.”

In closing, allow me to also share with you this Chinese proverb – “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back.”

May you all stay healthy and at peace with yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors. We are all in this together.

Norm and Linda Manzer

St. Helena

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