“Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.” ~Barbara Geraci
While it can be helpful to be aware of how our past may have influenced us, we do ourselves a disservice when we allow those circumstances to limit us. We alone are responsible for the people we become, and it is up to us to choose who that will be. Change is always possible.
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“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor Frankl
Learning to recognize and take advantage of that space is one of the most self-empowering things we can ever do because it returns our choices back to us. Growth and freedom always comes in taking advantage of those choices rather than defaulting to our current programming.
“I admire people who could have turned cold after everything they’ve been through but still chose love anyway. There’s strength in that.” ~Keneilwe D Mhlanga⠀
My natural tendency after being wounded is to shut down my heart and hold everyone at a distance. I admire people who can keep their hearts open and choose love even in the face of having been wounded. That is strength indeed.
“When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom.” ~Elizabeth Lesser
We can’t control the things in life that leave us feeling bruised and broken, but we can control how we respond to them. We can choose to let them break us down into smaller versions of ourselves, or we can choose to let them break us open to more expansive versions.
I hope you’ll choose to break open.
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“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.” ~Pema Chödrön (from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)
Which will you choose? I hope you’ll choose to let life soften you. Not only does the world needs more kindness and openness, but you’ll also find greater happiness that way.
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