We're all working on memorizing "Attitude" by Charles Swindoll as part of this year's black belt testing curriculum ... but for what purpose? I experienced a real-life use for this inspirational passage the other day, and it helped me understand just how much "we are in charge of our attitude."
I was riding my bicycle to work when suddenly I felt that awful sensation of a tire gone flat. "Nooooo ...!!!!" In that moment, I knew I was going to be late to the office -- which was still a good 2-3 miles away from where I stood.
I thought about patching the flat but felt too frustrated (and rushed), so instead I started walking my bike slowly along the path. Muttering curses, for the first few minutes, and feeling worse with each step. "There must be something better I could do with this time," I told myself.
So I started reciting "Attitude." It took about two times through before I started feeling better -- but I did! And after the fourth recitation, I actually felt triumphant.
This was a great reminder that "Life is 10 percent what happens to us, and 90 percent how we respond to it."