“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than fact. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, than success, than what other people think, say, or do. Attitude is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church… or a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We can not change our past… we can not change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We can not 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% of what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
THE LESSON OF THE GEESE
When you see geese heading south for the winter flying in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way.
- As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
- Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
Lesson: There is strength and power and safety in numbers when traveling in the same direction as others with whom we share a common goal.
- When the lead goose gets tired, he or she rotates back into formation and another goose flies point.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard jobs.
- The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We all need to be encouraged with active support and praise.
- When a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him/her down to help and protect. They stay with the downed goose until the crisis resolves, and then they launch out on their own with another formation to catch up with their group.
Lesson: We must stand by each other in times of need.
BASIC TRUTHS ABOUT TEAMWORK:
- People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
- There is strength, power, and safety in numbers when traveling in the same direction as others with whom we share a common goal.
- It pays to take turns doing hard jobs.
- We all need to be remembered with active support and praise.
- We must stand by each other in times of need.
- All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams.
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“WHAT WILL MATTER”
“Ready or not, someday, it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, no hours, no days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and earthly power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you own, or what you have owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, and plans will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
How will the value of your days be measured?
...Choose to live a life that matters.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched someone’s life, and encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you are gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who love you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom, and for what. Living a life that matters does not happen by accident. It is not a matter of circumstances, but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters. It really matters!”