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The Power of Response

Life is complicated. You would think that simple tasks have simple procedures, yet nothing could be farther from the truth. Life is difficult.

For instance, just a trip to the store can be difficult. There might be unforeseen problems like traffic jams, car troubles, etc. These things might not be your fault, but they still prevent you from actually achieving your goal: going to the store. It’s disheartening, but true: You don’t have control over anything… except yourself.

You can’t control everything. Period. End of story. You basically have two options: You can bitch that the universe is “rigged”, or you can simply accept it as fact while going about your business like an adult.

The great philosopher Epictetus once said, “We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” Our response to bad situations is what really matters. Not in some arbitrary way either, but in the most practical, life-enhancing way possible.

Let’s say you’re driving to work when you suddenly have a flat tire. What will your response be? Will you get angry, cussing and kicking the car? Hopefully not. It’s probably a better idea to sit down to find a solution to your problem. Heck, you might even learn something from it.

Don’t use tough situations prevent you from doing what you set out to do. Turn bad into good. It’s well within your power.

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