Good morning everyone. I am very short on time this Friday morning. I have an assignment due at midnight tonight and my son (who was injured) has a doctor’s appointment today. So, I decided to repost one of my first “Feel Good Friday” articles. This post includes a poem called ATTITUDE by Charles Swindoll. I felt like this was appropriate for my life right now. I could be completely stressed right now and have a crabby negative attitude about the current circumstances of my life. But, as the final line of the poem says: LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS AND 90% HOW YOU REACT. So, I hope this is a helpful reminder for you. (I know it helped me today.)

This will be my final post until Tuesday.

There will be no allergy-free or

journal posts this weekend

or Monday posts.





Last night, my son was inducted into the National Honor Society. At the ceremony, a past graduate of his high school was the guest speaker. She gave a very inspirational speech, telling her story of being a poor child in Jamaica, growing up a victim of abuse and neglect, after being abandoned by her mother when she was 1 1/2 years old. When she was 13  years old, she came to America to be with the mother who had abandoned her, only to have the abuse continue.

One particularly bad day, she turned to her favorite teacher and counselor to vent and cry. That teacher told her “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% what we make of it.” The teacher then handed her the poem from which the line came, ATTITUDE BY: CHARLES SWINDOLL. This teacher and the poem turned this girl’s life around. She proceeded to graduate with honors and earned not 1 but 5 scholarships to college. She graduated from college debt free, has a successful career, has a beautiful daughter of her own, and is starting her own business. She says she still has the poem her teacher gave her, in a frame on the wall of her home office.

I decided this poem is the perfect subject for today’s “Feel Good Friday.” So, remember, no matter what life hands you or what is going on in the world around you, it’s all about attitude.  Life is what you make of it. One memorable line from the speaker last night:

“When life gave me lemons, I made lemonade. I made bridges with the bricks life threw at me.”

Below is a copy of the poem ATTITUDE BY: CHARLES SWINDOLL. (Which I created using Canva.-Thanks to Confessions of a Reborn Girl for that suggestion.)  Below the poem, I’ve included a link to a free PDF version of the poem.


For a free PDF version click here:  Attitude

And…What song better illustrates a positive attitude than this one! ENJOY!!

15 thoughts on “Feel Good Friday: Attitude By: Charles Swindoll

  1. It’s a good concept, and I agree with it. But when you’re struggling with mental illness, it’s not so easy. I can’t just turn it off, and decide “oh today I’m going to have a positive attitude and find the good, positive in life”. Believe me, all of us with mental illness have tried and continue trying. We have our good days of course, which we embrace wholeheartedly. But on the bad days, we can’t control our minds, and no amount of positivity makes a difference, it just makes us feel even more ashamed and guilty, because why can’t we just believe the positive?

    Anyway, just had to throw my two cents in here.

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    1. I understand what you are saying here, and can relate. Trust me, I’ve been through severe bouts of depression through out the course of my life, many times. And I still have moments, especially when I don’t eat right. During those times, the worse thing that happens is to have people say “why can’t you just decide to be happy?” or “Snap out of it,-just be happy” It’s horrible when other people don’t understand. I hope you didn’t take offense to this, it wasn’t meant to offend anyone. I understand, because I’ve been there. Changing my diet and adding certain supplements changed my life and brought me out of my depressive state. If I don’t eat right, I slide back into depression. In the future, I will be starting a blog series dedicated to eating for mental health. But this is a very serious topic , and requires lots of my attention. I want to do it right. I’ll let you know when it will be coming out. Once again, I apologize if this offended anyone. 🙂 I appreciate your comments and input.

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      1. Thanks for your reply. 🙂 I’m sorry that you’ve also gone through depression yourself. I’ve had it since I was a kid. My earliest memory was at 5 years old, wanting to jump of the jungle gym at school. I understand what you mean about eating well for mental health. I just wish it worked for me, lol. Even exercise doesn’t help… Sure these thing help a little, but not well enough. At least it’s something. Every little bit helps. 😉 I wasn’t really offended by your post… It’s your blog and you can write whatever you want. I just felt a little ‘judged’, but that’s my issue (my own insecurites and low self esteem), not yours at all, you did absolutely nothing ‘wrong’. So no harm done. I enjoy reading the things you write. 🙂

        That blog series sounds good. Thanks to my nutritionist/dietition, I’ve been eating healthy for a while now. But not everyone is lucky enough to have that luxury (I see it as a luxury), so those posts will help a lot of people. 🙂

        Thanks for all you do. ❤

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      2. It’s interesting that nutrition hasn’t helped. That actually puzzles and saddens me. It does intrigue me and makes me want to do more research. Thank you for your comment. The series I spoke of will be a ways down the road. I don’t have time for it right now. Since it is so important to me, I want to do it right. Anyway, thanks again for your comment and kind words about my blog.

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      3. Hi again. 🙂 It’s not that nutrition hasn’t helped AT ALL, it’s just hasn’t made a big difference. If I go back to eating unhealthily (when I’m lazy), then I feel even worse. So diet has helped. I’m not as worse off as I was in the past when unhealthy eating was in full swing. So I still think our diet can influence our minds and bodies. I’m totally on board with you there. Obviously, it doesn’t help with the other aspects of BPD, but that’s what therapy is there for. 😉

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