Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Favorite Poem

Life has been quite overwhelming lately. And whenever I feel overwhelmed, I go back to the “Attitude Poem.” I like this poem so much that I regularly share it with my students, and many of them have told me how much they like it.

Attitude 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, a home, a relationship.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice, every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day.
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that other 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.

- Charles Swindoll

Questions: Do you like to read quotes or poems for motivation, encouragement, and perspective? What is your favorite quote or poem?
Be well,


  1. very inspiring poem!
    and yes, I like reading quotes to inspire and motivate me from a low-key moment. My latest fav quote: act the way I want to feel @happiness project.

  2. That's a great motivational poem! I'll have to bookmark it so that I can read it when I'm feeling bummed out. Thanks...

  3. Great poem. I usually don't read poes or quotes or anything. I am not actually sure how I stay motivated other than thinking about my life before and my battle with chronic fatigue in college. Anything to not sleep all day motivates to do things.

  4. I love that, Andrea!

    I love motivational quotes and poems. I find they really do spur me on when I need it.

  5. Great poem! I have a bunch of quote, excerpt and saying that I remember to help me get through tough times. Just when I feel like giving up I recite one of them and somehow try to make it through.

  6. Great poem! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love this poem, it's so true.

  8. This is a very encouraging poem. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That poem is so true! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. i LOVE quotes! I acutally have a quote book where I collect my favorites :)

  11. I do love reading these as a wonderful reminder; so thanks for that! :)

  12. Not so much with the poems, but I dig an inspiring motivational saying or 2.

  13. I love this quote, Andrea. Thanks for sharing it. I agree, attitude is so important, it's what sets you on track for your day.

    Great quote: "We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." -Carlos Castaneda

  14. Thank you for sharing this beautiful, poetic perspective. :)

  15. beautiful - i need to hear this today, thanks!

  16. A beautiful poem! My daughter made up the cutest song yesterday about going on vacation that's really cheerful :)

  17. What a perfect way to look at life. It's so true, too. I'm going to have to print that out so I can reread it whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed, too.

  18. Im so sorry youve been...challenged lately.

    For me it's less a poem and more a phrase:

    G-d doesnt give us courage (or whatever it is Im needing)s/he gives up opportunities to BE COURAGEOUS.


  19. Chuck Swindoll...wow haven't seen that name in years!

    I don't use sayings and poem type of inspiration much anymore...I used to.

    this was very beautiful....thanks for sharing
    and sorry you are feeling overwhelmed!!!
    big hugs!

  20. What a wonderful poem -- and so true. I've had a poor attitude at home lately, and I need a reality check. I think this was it. Being overwhelmed and tired can be a trigger for a poor attitude, but it's never an excuse. Thanks for this!

  21. Great poem - I just have another drink! ;-)

  22. Andrea- Great Great post. I love that poem.

    I love inspirational quotes.

    One of my favorites is something like...We make ourselves miserable or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

    I have an award for you over on Angie's Appetite :)

  23. I don't go out of my way to looks for quotes, because well, my dad is full of them lol. But this quote hits home, it's something that I try to remind myself each day.

  24. I am re-writing this and putting it on my fridge! I was taught this growing up but it is so easy to forget when things get stressful. Thank you for sharing it.