piece by James Taylor
Life isn’t responsible for you. YOU are responsible for you. It’s a matter of response ability, and that doesn’t fall on life, because ability means you act, not “life.” Somewhere along the timeline of life, we screwed up and handed all of our authority and power to an abstract entity “out there.”
Life has zero authority over you. Nature in some ways does exhibit a lot of authority in our lives from:
- Inclement weather
- Sunshine or lack thereof(Vitamin D, plays a huge role in mental capacity, just like plants we grow in sunlight)
- People coming and going in your life – you literally cannot control this and it’s just what happens, this is life
You must take control over your life. Everything that happens in our lives is a matter of choice.
You choose the people you hang out with.
You choose your job.
You choose to learn, or not.
You choose to grow and get better, or not.
You choose to think and DO, to think and NOT DO, to not think and DO, or not think and not do.
The only one controlling the simulation happening in your mind – the eyes are processing around 36,000 bits of data every hour. They focus on about 50 things per second. They also use about 65% of your brain power, which is more than any other organ in your body.
And we wonder why we need to close our eyes to meditate.
The only thing HAPPENING to you is what’s going on inside your own head. It is up to YOU to control that. If you don’t know how to control what’s happening inside your head, or at least learn to work with it, you must LEARN.
To decide NOT to learn isn’t life’s fault. It’s yours. Take responsibility for your life.
Learn, grow, do. When you know better, do better. To choose not to do better will leave you with dire consequences, because life will always teach the same lessons until they are learned. This is what growth is.
To choose not to grow is stagnation, and stagnation is death. One must not sit still in life for too long. It invites death and despair. Just like one feels creaky when sitting in a chair for eight hours a day, your spirit weakens with lack of decision and action.
You must not hand power to things outside of your control. You must do better.
Take responsibility for your life. It’s not up to life to make sure you have a good one. It’s up to you.