West Middlesex, PA
Living with attitude
“Oh, what a life. I’ve had a good life,” said Clara (Venditti) Mansel, who will be 97 on December 8.
She has lived to see the arrival of three great-great-grandchildren. But that’s just an indication that she is living a long life. It’s been a good life because she has always lived it with attitude – not the negative in-your-face aggressiveness extolled by some young people today, but its exact opposite: the old-fashioned kind that generates a positive response to whatever happens to you.
On her front door, Clara keeps a statement by Charles Swindoll about attitude. It says, in part, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” The most important thing, he says, is that we can choose how to react. Clara sums it up a little differently: “You have to be happy with what you’ve got.”