I love this quote from Marcus Aurelius:
“Get busy with life’s purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue—if you care for yourself at all—and do it while you can.”
I read it recently in The Daily Stoic. I love it because it sums of own of my life principles so eloquently. Get active in your own rescue.
There have been quite a few quotes I’ve encountered on my journey that rings with a similar tone:
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” — Bruce Lee
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” — Amelia Earhart
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan
My version pales in comparison, but it’s —
Meaning, change starts with you. No one wants it more than you. Perhaps you’re dealing with problems, perhaps you dislike habits and things about yourself, perhaps you wish your life was different—well no one is going to make that happen for you.
Waiting for someone to change our lives for us won’t get us anywhere.
As much as I wish someone would do it for me, it’s not going to happen. I’m the one who has to get active and take steps to make the change happen. If with (generous) help, I still must be willing to change and stick to that aim.
It’s not about refusing help, or going it alone—it’s about owning up to your life and the kind of person you want to be.
If you care for yourself at all—then to hell with problems, fears, and circumstances—go out and create yourself and make it happen.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #950
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