“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” … Eleanor Roosevelt
I notice that there seems to be a lot of finger pointing going on in the news these days. Now don’t get me wrong … I agree that a lot of unpleasant, unfortunate and often downright nasty stuff is going on even as we speak … never mind what has already occurred. I agree that if one went only on appearances alone then it would seem that the world is … in my mother’s words … going to hell in a hand-basket.
Appearances are funny things. In this world we are trained to believe that if we can’t see it, smell it, taste it, hear it or feel it then it isn’t real. Call me crazy but I haven’t noticed that my inside Self has a whole lot of anything that could be measured by worldly standards. What my inner Self does have … in spades … is the ability to shape and change my surroundings … oh not in a sci-fi, twilight zone kind of way … but in a way that reflects who I am and what I believe.
I believe that if my internal landscape is populated with dreary thoughts, unhappy memories and dismal beliefs about my life and my future …then guess what? … it won’t be very long until my internal world is reflected for my inspection in my external life. Maybe that’s what is happening in the world these days … too many people ignoring their own war-torn, devastated inner landscapes … and instead … they are sharing said messy places to live … with the rest of us.
I agree with Eleanor Roosevelt … I think that “in the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves … and the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” So … it certainly behoves me to make life affirming … as opposed to self-destructive … choices in every moment. I think that’s a part of why Perky Polly and I get along so well … we both love being positive … and now that the heavy-duty, internal clean-up crews & I have finished clearing up some of the mess it’s a lot easier to be happy … and now that it’s so much easier to be positive and happy … Sunshine Sue is more present and making a much bigger splash in the world than ever before! It would seem that Eleanor is indeed correct … in both the long and the short run … I am constantly shaping myself, my present and my future. I am the one making my choices … and I am the one experiencing the joyful outcomes of those choices. Life is good … Polly is perky and Sue is beaming … I am a happy camper!
Joyful Journeying Everyone!