“We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world. ”
For as long as I can remember one of the driving principles of my life has been the belief that there are just two types of people in the world. Those who the world happens to, and those who happen to the world. I have always focused on being in the latter category.
Today’s quote says basically the same thing but with a slight different perspective. Is it overly simplistic and generalizing? Probably. But just maybe it isn’t. Happiness is a choice. Determination is a choice. Focus is a choice. Everything we do is a choice we have the freedom to make.
I think many people, myself most certainly included, get lost in the “big picture.” Because we can’t control what happens at the macro level we choose not to manage ourselves at the micro level. But we have to choose to affect the world at the micro level, taking ownership of our decisions and behaviors daily. When we do this we have much more influence on the world around us.
When you wake up in the morning are you going to define your day, or be defined by the day that happens to you? Ask yourself tonight which person you were today. Did you affect your world?