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Story listed as: True Life For Adults | Theme: General Interest | Subject: Inspirational / Uplifting | Published here : 10/12/2017
The Power of Positive Attitude 
By Nzamba Matenzawa
Born 1986, M, from Nairobi, Kenya
The Power of Positive Attitude
-By Nzamba Matenzawa

Charles R. Swindoll, an American writer, wrote in part: "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." The implication is that we should be in charge of our attitude. This in turn translates to this undeniable fact--we are masters of our own destiny. We cannot always keep giving excuses when things haven’t worked to our liking.

More often than not, we are a product of own attitude. Granted, the journey of life does not provide a level playing ground to everyone and at every time. There are times life will throw harsh and undesirable obstacles on our way, some of which will be beyond our control. How we react to these can determine which course our life will take - success or failure. The truth is; It is possible to turn unfavorable situation to a favorable one as long as one has a good attitude towards life. Yes you can make a lemonade out of a lemon.

Countless people whose situation seemed less than favorable have worked against all odds to excel in various disciplines in life. There are those on the other hand who had everything working for them in social-economic terms or otherwise, but did not come anywhere near true definition of success. Much of their outcomes were not pegged solely on how favorable or unfavorable their situations were. A lot may have had to do with attitude.

Attitude can be defined as a manner, disposition, feeling, position et all with regard to a thing or a person.

Nothing underscores this truth better than Immanuel Musogo's larger than life experience. Immanuel went through a troubled marriage that culminated to a stormy divorce granted by a Judge before a packed courtroom in a foreign country.

Babirye, his erstwhile estranged wife, told the court that she was divorcing her husband of two years for what she termed as irreconcilable differences. Before the divorce's ramifications had sunk, Immanuel was to experience two more hurdles in his life. He lost his job on the grounds that his divorce proceedings were taking too much time, thus hurting the company he worked for. Next, as if the collapse of his marriage was not a blow enough, Immanuel was involved in an accident in his house where he sustained 60% burns. While recuperating from his hospitable bed, Immannuel was served with a certificate of divorce ending a hitherto tumultuous marriage. Before long, Immanuel would be discharged from hospital, sickly, jobless, and lonely with no relatives to lean on.

What would Immanuel do next? Would he find a reason to live? Better still, would he ever live to love again? These thoughts littered his troubled mind time and again. How Immanuel reacted to these ugly goings-on of his life would determine what direction his life would take.

As Abraham Lincloln once said, "we can complain because rose bushes have thorns or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." To Immanuel, as it turned to be, life was a rose-flower bush that had thorns all over.

Immanuel did marry again. He is now in a happy marriage 2 years with prospects of being a father in a few months time.

Immanuel’s case echoes this very poignant truth - that 10% may have been what happened to him but 90% had largely to do with how he reacted to his situation.

It is no wonder then that Charles R. Swindoll would conclude regarding attitude: "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me 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 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 playing on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.”

What then shall we say? Rather than wallow in self pity for the sorry state we may find ourselves in or lament that other souls seem to enjoy a better level playing field than us, we do well to realize that none of us has been handed a failure in life sentence. We hold the keys to our own emancipation in our hands--our attitude. Only we can change our attitude and thus only we can craft our own destiny.

Written by Nzamba Matenzawa
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