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The Wrong Question Promotes The Wrong Attitude

October 25, 2011

We are often asked “How is life treating you”? That question creates a mindset of us as victims of circumstance. The question really should be “How are you treating life”?

We have no control over the events that come our way; we can only control how we react to them. We can train ourselves to view everything and everyone that comes our way as an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve. That’s why it’s presented to us.

An athlete’s trainer has the athlete perform drills to master in order to build a base. Building on the base the trainer successively gives new and more challenging drills. We should view the next thing that comes our way as what we now need to master.

“It did not matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.” – Viktor Frankl speaking of himself and other inmates of Auschwitz from “Man’s Search for Meaning”

“Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power.”— Benjamin Disraeli

“A joyful person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes”. – Hugh Downs

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