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Sometimes it’s good.
Sometimes it’s bad.
And sometimes it dumps a pile of shit in your path.
What matters is not whether it’s fair (it often isn’t).
What matters is how one chooses to deal with it.
We can spend time complaining.
We can spend time pointing the finger.
We can spend time blaming others for the situations we find ourselves in.
And we can learn to identify as a victim of the unfairness of life.
Or we can take personal responsibility for our lives and use our ability to seek out more favorable options (including how to cope) and move on.
Every single person on the planet is forced to deal with hardship and misfortune at one time or another.
Sometimes it’s because we make bad decisions.
Sometimes it’s because we tolerate things far longer than we should.
Sometimes it’s because we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.
And sometimes we are simply thrust into things we don’t want to be a part of.
But that’s life.
It happens to everyone at one time or another.
You don’t improve your life by complaining about the one you have.
You don’t improve your life by refusing to take personal responsibility for it.
You improve your life by taking steps to change it for the better.
It can be a lot of work — and it may require some sacrifices — but taking personal responsibility for one’s life and taking steps to change it is far more effective than staying where one is, doing nothing, and complaining about the view.
The fact is, our lives are a direct reflection of our priorities.
Want to be healthier? Focus on your health.
Want to be smarter? Focus on your education.
Want to be a better person? Focus on self-improvement.
Want to be more resilient? Challenge yourself.
Want to get over your fears? Face them.
If we don’t like where we are in life, we can change that. But complaining about it won’t do it. And blaming others won’t do it either.
Want a better life? Work for it.
Change your priorities and you change your life.
No one else is going to do it for you.
“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
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