There are some quotes that cause you to think deeply about their meaning. Then there are those quotes that hit you right between the eyes:
It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
Sir Josiah Stamp
“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens. Baseball is just a game. You should always play the game with passion, play the game with heart, and play the game you love, and possibly one day your dreams can come true just like mine did.” – Wade Boggs, upon induction as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
“Without belief, we would be left with nothing but an overwhelming doom, every single day. And it will beat you. I didn’t fully see, until the cancer, how we fight every day against the creeping negatives of the world, how we struggle daily against the slow lapping of cynicism. Dispiritedness and disappointment, these are the real perils of life, not some sudden illness or cataclysmic millennium doomsday. I knew now why people fear cancer: because it is a slow and inevitable death, it is the very definition of cynicism and loss of spirit… So, I believed.” – Lance Armstrong
Congratulations to Lance on seven straight! Thanks for the great example and all the meaningful lessons you taught us!
Perhaps the most powerful quote on perseverance I have ever seen, and oh so true:
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Several years ago a long-time friend of mine shared with me the following quote on Attitude that has been attributed to Pastor and Author Chuck Swindoll:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. 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 Attitude.”
No one I have ever met…and no teacher, speaker or author that I know of…personifies that quote better than my friend Jeff Keller. If your attitude could use a tune-up, I know you’ll want to check this out….