You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

You are always in control. Not about what happens to you, as you cannot control most of the external factors to a great extent.

What you can control is how decide to interpret the events that happen. You can choose to believe that the events happen to you, or for you. You can choose to believe that something is a positive or a negative event, or simply a growth lesson.

Maya Angelou.

Thanks for reading

Rêveuse

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63 thoughts on “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

  1. Debbie's Traveler Wows says:

    Yes indeed! I learned it back in 2007 when my son passed away. I had two choices. I could drown in depression for the rest of my life or I could live for my son. I chose the latter. I decided to do for my son what he was not able to. He was a sophomore in college when he died, so I went back to college and graduated for him. He wanted to travel but was unable to, so now I travel in his memory. My son wanted to live life to the fullest and that’s exactly what I’m doing. As you wrote, I may not be able to control everything that happens to me, but I can change how I handle it. Thank you for this post.

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  2. JayMentor says:

    We all experience many freakish and unexpected events – you have to be open to suffering a little. The philosopher Schopenhauer talked about how out of the randomness, there is an apparent intention in the fate of an individual that can be glimpsed later on. When you are an old guy, you can look back, and maybe this rambling life has some through-line. Others can see it better sometimes. But when you glimpse it yourself, you see it more clearly than anyone.
    Viggo Mortensen

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