Just my Thoughts

Creating Your Own Life

I opened an email this morning – one that had been sitting in my inbox most of the weekend as I tried to take a good portion of the weekend off from the computer – and thought long and hard.  As a lot of circumstances have made me stop and think or stop and breathe or stop and enjoy what is going on around me, this emailed quote stopped me in my tracks.

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

– George Bernard Shaw, playwright

Now that we are enjoying the present and being in the here and now, we need to apply this to creating our own life.  Just one word of caution, you cannot control another so you need to create your own life with items you can control.

 

Another part of the same email included the words below.

It’s natural to feel powerless and give up in the face of hardships, but complaining and blaming do nothing except prevent action. Without positive action, you’re giving up your power and asking for more of the same–a world you did not create. Where you start may not be your fault, but the course you run is still your choosing.

So, now that you know that life is a race and you have to run it whether you want to or not, go out there and pick your course and create your own life.

3 thoughts on “Creating Your Own Life

  1. These quotes are so à propos to so many of us. I especially love this: It’s natural to feel powerless and give up in the face of hardships, but complaining and blaming do nothing except prevent action. Without positive action, you’re giving up your power and asking for more of the same–a world you did not create.

    Something I need to remind myself, regularly.

  2. This one has been a guiding force in my life:

    Phillip Brooks “You never become truly spiritual by sitting around wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.”

  3. I really appreciate these quotes. They remind me of the oft-quoted line of Gandhi – “Be the change you want to see in the world” – but applied to the personal level. Sort of like: be the change you want to see in yourself.

    Words of wisdom.

    Thanks for sharing them.

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