November 6

Today's quotation:

We fail to see that we can control our destiny;
make ourselves do whatever is possible;
make ourselves become whatever we long to be.

Orison Swett Marden

Today's Meditation:

While I do often dislike it when people encourage us to get "control" over our own lives--as if everything in our lives were actually within our control--I think that what Orison says here can resonate with most of us.  He's using the word "control" in a way that I see as a synonym of "determine," as a word that doesn't imply manipulation or forcefulness, but simply making decisions and sticking to them in order to become the people we wish to be.

He's right, too.  By making ourselves do whatever is possible, we can help ourselves to become the people we wish to be.  By sticking to our decisions in life, we can help ourselves to grow and develop into wiser, more compassionate people.  We can enter management at work and grow professionally, we can strengthen relationships and grow emotionally, or we can take our hobbies to new levels and grow creatively.

Or we can just sit back and watch TV all day and all evening.  We can be passive consumers of other people's efforts.

Some people want to tell us what we can be and what we can't be.  They're simply wrong--and they're out of line for telling us what we can become when they really have no idea of what we can become.  Our destinies are in our own hands--even the people who follow Zen or Buddhist philosophies and who see the world and our lives as a flowing river in which we simply follow the current have made the decision to espouse and live by that particular philosophy.

Let's not fail to see our potential to determine the directions that our lives take.  Let's treat ourselves well and give ourselves the chances we need to become the people we wish to become.  The opportunity is in our hands, right here and right now.

Questions to consider:

In what ways do you control your own life?

Why do so many people feel that they have no control over their own destinies or over the directions their lives take?

What can you do today to establish directions that your life can take?

For further thought:

It's choice--not chance--that
determines your destiny.

Jean Nidetch

It is in your moments of decision
that your destiny is shaped.

Anthony Robbins


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