Traveling

This is (one of the many reasons) Why I Love Paris

An impromptu concert in the Metro.

This wasn’t the only Metro concert I had the pleasure of enjoying, but it was, unfortunately, the only one I got on video.

Paris is known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.  Stunning architecture, detailed adornments on buildings, and well-maintained public parks are obvious to anyone.  But when I find beauty in unexpected places (like the Metro), it makes me fall in love with Paris all over again.

Even the bums are classy here.  They usually offer something – whether it be music, a note, a story, a bracelet, a King Tut in a gold lamè suit, or a ruse involving a “found” golden ring – while asking for your money.   I guess they realize something that many people fail to acknowledge: presentation matters.

King Tut taking a break on the Champs-Elysees

This notion is akin to one of my favorite quotes:

 The longer I live, the more I realize the impact 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 every day regarding the attitude we 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 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.

Charles R. Swindoll (American Writer and Clergyman, b.1934)

It’s something I have to remind myself daily.  External circumstances may change (often, even), but one thing remains constant. I AM IN CHARGE OF MY ATTITUDE.  And therefore, I am in charge of Me. Checking my attitude rather than reacting to everything around me. Empowering, eh?
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