I’m amazed at the whining that goes on, because one person is waiting for other people to change. Change, as in — who they are, what they do, and how they think. Good luck with that.
Wherever we go there we are. It has taken a lifetime to arrive at this moment in time. We have made every, single, choice along the way to be, exactly, where we are. Why, then, is it such a stretch to believe that everyone else has done the same?
If we nurture a belief that we, individually, are a child of God, do we extend the same courtesy to others? When we see, experience, or are otherwise affected by another person — different in belief from ours — do we accept them, or judge them?
Judging is so much easier and more fun to do. In fact, it comes naturally to find fault with others. There they are, right in front of us, behaving stupidly. Do we ever consider that they are looking at us and thinking the very same thing?
Accepting others is a daily challenge. Embracing the explicit independence of another is entirely different than being a punching bag for their dysfunction. There is a fine line between respect and folly. In regards to boundaries, discretion is the better part of valor.
Speaking of boundaries, do we know where we end and another person begins? Have we done the hard work to define ourselves to the point of an ‘elevator speech‘ introduction to the rest of the world? Are we willing to listen — and, accept — the eight seconds offered by others?
If the narrative, above, has yet to make sense and you are struggling with anything in your life, please, go look in the mirror. The individual staring back at you is the one responsible for how you feel and what you think. Change that individual and the whole world will change.
Not enough time to do the things you want? Change your priorities.
Not enough money to do the things you need? Change your patterns.
All of us have 24 hours in a 7 day week and the same 52 weeks in 1 year. We are all given the same opportunity. Are you jealous of those who successfully manage their time and money well?
The secret: Different choices — different results.
Begin with the end in mind. A crystal clear vision of the future encourages us to make choices, which move us forward in that direction. As we advance, other exciting opportunities along the way broaden our horizons of awareness.
The more we think and do, the more we learn and grow. As we stretch through the pain of change, we find even higher peaks of adventure, just, waiting for us. Those who have chosen to remain stuck in their rut are no longer of concern to us.
We have discovered that the fun is in the doing.
If It Is To Be,
It Is Up To Me