Its All About Attitude

Attitude! That word is a big one for me. Each of us has our own personal belief system and values that we find important, but I think in life it still comes down to how/what we do with what life hands us. It really is all about attitude, how we respond to life, others and our personal challenges. I learned very early on the extreme importance of attitude.The following is an anonymous quote, but one of my absolute favorites.


“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 success, 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 – an organization – 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 all 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 us all …”

 Author Unknown

I taught this lesson to both my daughter Christina, and my son Nick, as early and as well as I could. My son had this quote copied, framed and put on the desk in his office. He is very successful with people in the service industry of which he plays an active role…

Today is his birthday! Happy Birthday my son! This is how I mostly think of him, The photo taken his senior year in high school. An adult now, he is a family man, with a beautiful wife, gorgeous daughter and talented (gamer) son! Happy Birthday my Son. You do me proud every single day, I love you!

ps – Emma, Jack, and Jordan say Happy Birthday too! (They adore their Uncle Nick)

An Attitude about Platitudes

“These are but clouds unobstructed and high, fingers of clouds reaching up through the sky, they reach without stopping – then so can I.” – Penny L Howe

Ah, those lovely quotes, those beautiful saying, those uplifting words. We love them, need them and appreciate them. But they are only words if we are passive with our acknowledgement. They become mere platitudes.

And, so, today I ask you…

Are you up for it? I’m being serious now. Are you up for the challenge of Life? Because it’s going to come at you with both barrels fully loaded. It’s going to knock you sideways and do everything in its power to keep you down, so you better be ready.

Are you ready? Do you have the spirit that moves? The drive? The will?

I’ve tasted it, Life! Full rich flavors of bitter and sweet, laid out in shades and contours effecting all the senses. I’ve known betrayal, unanticipated tragedy, the cruelty of cruelties, the sorrow of loss, the endurance of pain, the emptiness, the unbearable knowledge of feeling you can’t go on, not for one more day… yes, I’ve tasted every single one of those flavors and so much more.

I’ve felt joy and love. Experienced kindness and generosity. Met greatness and been humbled.

Life is a gift, you know. It’s yours, to do with it what you will. You cannot control events that happen to you but you can control what you do about them. It’s your choice. And yes, it-always-does-come-down to-that. Your choice.

So I ask once more – are you up for it? For living life for all that it can be! For being more than you ever thought possible? It’s inside you right now. Just waiting to come out. Waiting to breathe, waiting to be! It’s up to you now, I believe in me and I believe in you and that my friend is all that matters!

Submitted with love, Penny.


P.S. – Having recently received the Most Inspirational Blogger Award, I’ve just posted a new page honoring a few who I believe are also inspiring. Just click on IBELONG at the top of this post. There are some great bloggers listed here so come see!