Since I was 15 I have held on to this poem. It was given to me in the office of Volvo Penta, Gothenburg, where I was helping sorting out client files as my summer job. I can't remember the name of the man who gave it to me, but I do remember the feeling when I read it.
This poem has become the foundation of who I have become. I am not a victim of my childhood, nor am I to be determined by others, I am what I want to be because I choose to interpret it this way.
Do I always manage to live by this and live up to it? of course not.
It is so easy to blame external factors like; work situation, bad collegues, husband or childrens behaviour etc. But I know that everything changes as soon as I decide which attitude and which approach I choose to take to them all.
I am sharing my most precious poem with you because I am hoping that it will have a profound impact on you as well.
On a side not I strongly disagree with Mr C. R Swindoll's overall belief system. Mr Swindoll is a pastor and great believer in God, I am an atheist with clear believes in facts and figures. I teach my children the difference between facts and imagination and we have great "play-pretend" games around father Christmas, tooth fairies and other non proven imaginary ideas that people tend to talk about as truths.
My passions are managing and improving the results of hotels through employee centered processes. My motto: "no need to say employees comes first - show it through the actions that you take".