Attitude by 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."
I read this quote on a forum I read regularly. THIS describes our wounded warriors attitude to a “T”. Our wounded and ill warriors were dealt a blow and they responded to it with this same philosophy. Circumstances can’t be changed and they are going to get on with their “new normal” and move forward.
Attitude IS everything. The positive attitude, the positive determination, the will to reach their “new normal” is remarkable.
Pity is not accepted by these warriors. Thanks—yes. Support—yes. Joy in their accomplishments—yes. Pity—no.
A few years ago, I had major surgery leaving me with a “new normal”. Seeing how the wounded and ill warriors approached their “new normal” gave me the strength and “attitude” to approach the surgery, recovery and life afterwards with a positive, upbeat “attitude”. I am sure, like me, they have times when they are blue and enjoy a “pity party”, but those times are few and far between.
If you ever have the honor and privilege to meet one of our wounded/ill war heroes, please thank them for their service, buy them a cup of coffee or lunch, talk to them about NASCAR, football, baseball, bicycle riding, etc. You will get a glimpse of the “attitude” that got the warrior through.