March 20, 2021 – You

You have a choice. Someone needs to hear this – so I wrote it for that person. Not sure who it is, but I was moved this morning to write it.

You are the only one responsible for your choices, period. Stop looking outside yourself for success or blame. Some of the choices you can make are hope over despair, empowerment of disempowerment, strength over weakness, happiness over sadness. Wake up and count your blessings, not someone else’s.

Spend your time looking for ways to improve you – that is really the only thing you have complete control over. You. It is true that we have no control over past events, but we have a choice on how to react to them. Do you grow from them or wallow in self-pity. You have a choice, fortitude or fragility. You can empower yourself with the knowledge that adversity brings or surrender to despair. But that is your choice. Yours.  Admitting you do indeed have control over your circumstances is powerful and liberating. You are the master of your ship – you.

So today make a choice whether you are a victor or a victim. I leave you with a great excerpt from Teddy Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” speech.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Have a great day and hold your head high – you are a victor, never a victim.

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