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Taking Responsibility for Our Lives

Guest Author - Jon Snyder

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” ~Les Brown

One thing certain about life – it won’t last forever. We often spend too much time worrying about growing old. If we would simply spend every day of our life enjoying it as much as we can then our age would make absolutely no difference. We would enjoy it at any/all ages. Even the bible in Luke 12:25 asks: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”

Of course we know the answer is – no one! Today is the best day of your life because it’s the only day you can do anything about. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow never comes. Live For Today! Each day, we write a new page in the story of our life. Some are writing a comedy, others a science fiction, and still others a drama. And some hopeless romantics are working on an outline for a love story with a happy ever after ending.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” ~Bill Cosby

You will find that success isn’t so much about luck as it is about determination. The motto ‘Never ever Quit’ doesn’t mean you never fail, it simply means that you have to accept the fact that failures are part of the path to success. Once you learn and understand that theory, then all you do is keep moving toward your goal. Consider failures as basic training for life. No mater how hard you try, more than likely, failure will come along just to test your endurance and dedication. Only you know how determined you are. And that is all that ever matters. But remember: A lesson learned is not much use until you put it into practice.

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~E. M. Forster

The first time I read this quote I scratched my head and wondered what it meant. But the more I thought about it the clearer it became. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we think we want or what others, like our parents, tell us we should want, that we can’t see the forest for the trees. We are so busy looking for our life’s purpose we don’t recognize it when we see it. Sometimes we have to be able to step back and look at where we’ve been, what we’ve enjoyed the most, and what are we good at. Keeping a diary or occasionally just taking the time to assess where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re heading is a start. It’s interesting that writing it down and reading it back tends to give us an ‘outside looking in’ perspective. Or better yet, write it down and give it to a friend and ask for their input. From the mouths of friends come amazing truths sometimes.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude". ~Scott Hamilton

To this day, my three grown children remember and remind me that all through their childhood I constantly told them that Attitude is Everything. As they got older they began to understand what that meant. Most of the time the only difference between success or failure, or a good day or bad day, or hating your job, or anything for that matter . . . is attitude. Good or bad, it controls us more than we would like to admit. We are not born with a bad attitude. It’s something we choose to develop. Yes choose! No one can make you have a bad attitude any more than they can make you have a good attitude. It’s your attitude until you give it up. It really is that simple. So the next time someone wants to bring you down with them, just say no.
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