We are born into this life without consultation, the season’s change regardless of desire, and life ends no matter what. We all leave behind the honor of our highest grandeurs and the wounds of our deepest sorrows. Yet it is not the grandeurs or the sorrows that make or break us, but the rule of our attitude. Charles Swindall once wrote:
"The longer I live, the more I realize the importance 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 everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play 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."
Like the bipolar ends of a magnet, attitude will attract or repel, as well as, build or push down. Like a force of energy, it projects through facial expressions and body language and is caught and interpreted in an instant. An attitude of judgmental superiority can crush like a thunderous stone while an attitude of true humility can rally a cause as quietly as a rose will bloom. A great example is the following story of American folklore. It goes like this:
Many years ago, a rider came across some soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log without success. The corporal was standing by as the men struggled. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn't helping. The corporal replied, "I am the corporal; I give orders." The rider dismounted, went up and stood by the soldiers and as they were lifting the log, he helped them. With his help, the log got moved. The rider quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, "The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief." After he left, the corporal and his men found out that the rider was George Washington.
This story passed down through generations beautifully illustrates the attitude and values of Brookhaven Retreat towards holistic mental health for women. We seek to promote the enduring power of teaching with a humble attitude… guiding without casting judgment.