I don’t want to minimize the surgical, medical, therapeutic, or financial help that I received, but I believe that one of the most important components of recovery is the positive attitude of patients and their caregivers. The following quote, written by Charles R. Swindoll, describes the many benefits of attitude much more concisely than any other quote I have seen.
“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 R. Swindoll
Several of the people who are listed below may never know how crucial their humor, strength, and other contributions were to my attitude. Regardless of whether or not I have personally thanked you, I want to thank you now. The following people, listed in alphabetical order by first name, helped me maintain a positive attitude through a very difficult time in my life:
1. Bill E.
2. Chris and Brandie M.
3. Chris T.
4. Daniel W.
5. Dave S. and his extended family
6. Donna J. (maiden name)
7. Gary and Teri W. and their family
8. Heidi C.
9. Jackie C.
10. Jeff F.
11. Katie C.
12. Mary H.
13. Merv and Helen P.
14. My parents and extended family
15. My brother and his family
16. My roommates and their extended family
If you agree that a great attitude has a positive impact on recovery, then this blog is for you.
What helps you smile and embrace hope when adversity surrounds you? What gives you the strength to continue on a journey for which there seems to be no end?
Please share your thoughts – help another person navigate their journey beyond injury.
Thanks to Charles R. Swindoll for sharing his poem.