Can we decide who we want to be?

The next principle/idea I have started studying this week is:

“Each moment describes who you are, and gives you the opportunity to decide if that’s who you want to be” – IPEC core principle

The thought that comes to mind for me when I think about this idea is the fact that just because I have done something once or acted in a certain way, doesn’t mean that I have to make the same decision or act in the same way the next time I am presented with a similar situation.  I have the ability to choose who I want to be and how I want to respond in every situation.  The thought below rings true to me as well.

“There is no such thing as finally “getting it right” for this idea traps us into thinking that there are goals to be met at the “end.” Life is a journey, a becoming, a growing, a process. We often set goals (e.g. finish school, to get married, to have a child, to earn a Ph.D, etc), and they are motivating factors; but to live in the moment, in present time, means not to measure success by the realization of that goal, but by the process, as it is in the process that we can decide our own measure of success.  in fact, one might say that the most enlightened goal could be to enjoy the process of life.” – Unconventional Wisdom

 

It’s all about attitude…do you agree?

dog chasing rhino

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts…. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”                        – Charles R. Swindoll