“Do no harm to yourself. Do no harm to others.
Benefit yourself. Benefit others.”
“You are the light of the world.”
You only have one life to live! (This time?) How will you spend your time? Shining a light or casting shadows? Did you know you have a choice?
“Between a stimulus and a response there is a space. In that space is the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
“Everything can be taken from a person, but one thing: the last of human freedoms— to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
Now we’ve all been trained that happiness depends on our circumstances. Thus the birth of the control freak. We’ve all been trained to react to our circumstances. If someone is rude to you, you’re rude back to them. As an advocate of love, you are loving, until you meet someone hateful, then you throw “shade.”
Fair enough, the reactive life has become habitual. Stimulus creates a reaction that comes from a well-established groove in your mind. But remember habits are created. Old habits can be discarded and new habits formed. You can respond rather than react. Reaction imitates the shadow it perceives.
Response comes from a deeper light within your heart. These choices always lead to better outcomes for youand those around you. Would you like to be the master of your life? Or are you content letting your life, the circumstances and behavior of others, master you?
Victor Frankl faced the most devastating circumstances possible in human existence? He faced the most unspeakable acts of human cruelty in the history of the world. His life, his work, his freedom, his dignity were all taken from him when he was put into a concentration camp in 1944.
He made the choice to be respectful, kind, and positive in thought, word, and action, throughout his imprisonment. He made no judgement as to the choices of others under such horrific conditions? He simply came back to “his last freedom.” Who did he want to be, even if these were the last moments of his life?
He survived and went on to help millions of people through his book “Man’s search for meaning” and the establishment of logotherapy and existential analysis, which proposes that lack of purpose in life is detrimental to mental health and that the establishment of purpose can improve it.
Every life is a pebble thrown into the greater pond of life. This pebble, though small creates ripples. The only question is what type of ripples will it produce?
Will you shine a light or cast shadows?
The choice is yours in every moment.
Peace, Si Gong
“Watch your thoughts, because your thoughts become your words.
Watch you words because your words become you actions.
Watch your actions because your actions become your habits.
Watch your habits, because your habits become your character.
Watch your character because your character becomes your destiny?”