We have no control of what happens in life, what events occur, what the weather is, the actions of others, etc. Life is one unpredictable son of a B*! Gotta love it! I use to try to be in control of everything in my life – okay, who am I kidding, I still do sometimes – it’s a hard habit to break! Life experience and good advice has taught me the only thing we can change or control is our attitude. How we respond, react and move forward from adversity, obstacles and challenges will determine the trajectory of our lives and happiness.
Chuck Swindoll says it best…
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
I first heard this quote in 2007 when my childhood best friend, Katie, was a keynote speaker for a Go Red for Women event I was attending. Why was she the keynote speaker, you ask? Well, she was a 21 year-old stroke survivor and an absolute inspiration. As a young, athletic and healthy 20-year old, Katie suffered a stroke while running to her college soccer practice. The event was life changing to say the least and her physical and mental impairments were significant – it is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges Katie has experienced in her lifetime. Katie not only recovered from her stroke but turned the experience into a positive one for herself and others. Since her stroke Katie has been an inspiration to others through her education and advocacy for stroke awareness, not to mention the fact that she has ran hundreds of miles and raised thousands of dollars as part of the American Heart and Stroke Association, Tedy’s Team and Train to End Stroke. Katie is healthy and happy and living life to the fullest while using her experience to make an impact and inspire others. Check out her story and note the quote at bottom of the post!
I share this story because I am fortunate to call Katie my best friend and her story is a constant reminder to me that life is unpredictable, uncontrollable and challenging but my response and attitude towards those things is the only thing that matters. My hope is that you can get yourself to place of realization that life is in your control when you control your attitude. Katie’s story will be a part of my life forever and her attitude and perseverance is a constant inspiration and reminder for me. I hope that by sharing her story, it can do the same for you.
Dog days of summer! Chumlee’s glamour shot is of him lounging (as usual!)
Photo credit to my hubster, Andrew! Check him out on Flickr!
Embrace the day!