Check out this great quote from Charles Swindoll:
“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.” -Charles Swindoll
Originally posted 2013-08-09 03:54:15.
I’m a sucker for ancient Greek and Roman philosophers that made observations about life two thousand years ago that still hold up today. One of my favorite is the observation that the Greek philosopher Epicurus famously made about “the rich man’s new vase.”
It goes like this:
(1) A rich man buys a new vase, and feels a moment of pleasure with his new purchase.
(2) The feeling of joy begins to dissipate, and so he shows his friends the new vase he bought. The joyous feeling returns.
(3) The rich man repeats this demonstration—showing the new vase to his friends—until all of his friends see it. The feeling of joy fleetingly returns each time he shows it to a friend, but after the final friend sees it, the new vase no longer brings the rich man joy.
Originally posted 2013-08-08 10:37:32.