I’m not afraid to admit it.
And judging by the choices on the streaming services, I most certainly am not alone.
You might be able to relate.
So, I have a slight obsession with those murder mystery shows.
By slight, I mean when I watch one, it quickly turns into a mini-marathon till 2 am as I’ve obsessively consumed 5 or 6 episodes back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
Last night, one of the episodes was near my old stomping grounds — Detroit.
It was called Motor City Murder.
It was about a man, Richard Phillips, who was wrongfully convicted and spent 47 YEARS IN PRISION!
It’s the longest in the US.
The guy who they think did it, was the lead witness for the prosecutor.
This guy was a friend of Richard’s, and basically framed him.
Richard was released in 2018.
It was an incredibly sad story.
However, he had an amazing attitude about the shitty situation.
My hat is off to him, as I would be one bitter shit if that happened to me.
When he was released, they asked what he thought about it.
His reply, “The only thing I’m thinking about is breathing fresh air “
He picked up art while in prison.
And now has a gallery where he sells his pieces for thousands of dollars.
There were a number of life lessons I pulled from this episode.
My big takeaway was his attitude.
I was reminded of one of my all time favorite quotes from 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, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, 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 everyday 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% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Your attitude about anything is everything.
For years, I was a half glass empty kind of guy.
What a miserable way to live life.
I see many who have this woe is me, the world is collapsing mindset.
And serves absolutely no one.
I agree with Charles above, life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
It’s a choice.