Lisa Fenn Gordenstein on attitude

On September 10, 2001 Lisa Fenn Gordenstein slipped a note under her husbands office door. A note about attitude which speaks volumes on freedom without even mentioning the word. The next morning she boarded American Airlines flight 11. At 08:46 the aircraft crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Lisa Fenn Gordenstein was one of the first to pay the price of freedom that day. But her spirit and her attitude will be the last to perish from this great nation she left behind that bright blue morning in September.

“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 will make or break a company, a church, a home.” – Charles Swindoll

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One thought on “Lisa Fenn Gordenstein on attitude

  1. I always loved how Lisa left this Swindoll quote for her husband. It was an unexplainable premonition she had and a message to us all. I’ve shared it with my students ever since. – Susan Fay

    Here is the full quote:
    ATTITUDE
    by: Charles Swindoll
    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.

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