Each time something unexpected or unfortunate comes across your way, you are forced to decide whether you are going to continue to execute your plan or whether you’re going to be distracted, depressed, and discouraged by what life does naturally — create chaos.
You can spend your time complaining, trying, working, tweeting, pitching, calling, running, meeting, building, training, making, looking, living, thinking, teaching, learning, planning, standing, leading, playing, waiting, growing, hearing, starting, fighting, dealing, proving, speaking, telling, acting, helping, hoping, or hanging around. Or you can do the one thing that matters.
The truth is that most of life is outside of your control. You can’t change bad things that happen to you. You can’t make the world give you a “fair break” or “another chance”. All you have is “today”. A day of beginnings. An opportunity to do what you couldn’t achieve yesterday or the day before.
Get your head out of the clouds. Life isn’t hypothetical. It’s not hyperbole. It’s painful and sad and gritty at times. Along the way you are guaranteed to lose time and friends and money. Sometimes self-respect, dignity, and courage. Get serious about your future.
Gratitude isn’t what you do. It’s a part of who you are. It’s a lifestyle. An attitude. It colors every decision that you make. Everything that you do. Every part of who you are. It’s you realizing that no matter what happened yesterday, you have today to start again.