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One of the biggest challenges I faced when we moved to the country is shopping – too few stores.  We didn’t face this problem in the Metroplex.  But what turned out to be a bummer at first, resulted in a real blessing in disguise, and it all revolves around my “friend” and his change of plans.

While I live in farm country, I’m definitely not a farmer – no green thumb here.  Therefore, the need to visit my local grocer hasn’t dwindled.  Each time I’m there I look for my “friend.”  He’s the kind that makes you happy to be alive.  I started appreciating him even more when he told me his story.

Before moving to the country, my friend was pretty famous in the musical circuit.  He could jam with the best of them and had a national reputation.  Then his wife took ill and they moved home to be near family.  His plans for his career were quickly thwarted.  Although my friend didn’t pick the path their lives had taken, he accepted the circumstances with no remorse or resentment – an infectious attitude anyone would envy.

Chuck Swindoll, evangelical Christian pastor, author and speaker, once said:  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.”

Is your attitude in need of a tune-up?



“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.” (Charles Swindoll)


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