There’s very little of our lives that are set in stone.
Birth and death.
But our time here, the living in-between those two bookends is ours.
Things happen to us, things happen at us, things happen because of us, and — of course — things happen regardless, without our input.
There’s only so much we can change with things that happen to us. We can change our inputs. We can change what and who we surround ourselves. A large part of the things that happen to us is determined by where we live and what we do for work.
The things that happen after the things that happen to us, on the other hand, we can change. Our reaction might be just as important as our actions.
Others have said this better than I:
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” — Epictetus
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” — Charles R. Swindoll
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” — Wayne Dyer
And related: “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” — Hans Selye
We are not the sum of what happens to us, but we become the sum of how we act with what we are given.
Some unfortunately don’t see that in time and crash and burn.
Others learn that (usually the hard way) and become better for it.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #504