I was tidying up some paperwork yesterday and came across a folder from a leadership development course I attended when at LTS,
The course was organised and led by the inspirational Norman Drummond of Drummond International. Hidden away in the folder was this lovely quote. Not sure who the author is but I am attributing it to Norman for the moment, it sounds like one of his gems of wisdom.
The longer I live the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than the past, than education, money or circumstances, than failures or successes, than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
The remarkable thing is that you have a choice every day regarding the attitude you will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past .. we cannot change the fact that 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 concur with the author about the importance of attitude and its impact on life. However, I am a little wary of too much fatalism being read into ‘we cannot change’ the inevitable. We need to distinguish between ‘natural disasters’ and those ‘human disasters’, from the personal to the global, which are neither inevitable nor unchangeable. In a week in which the UK remembers those who lost their lives in conflict we also need to consider mistakes made in the past (and the present) and learn from them.
Let’s play beautiful sounds ‘on the one string we have’ but let’s also think about how we can contribute to the music being played by the orchestra, the right attitude is necessary but not sufficient.