Favorite Quotations... What Do They Say About Us?
Have you stopped to think what your favorite quotes aresaying about you and your life experiences?
How you relate to them? How they relate to you?
Today... I decided to take one of my favorite quotes and seehow it applies to me. You may want to do the same thing.
This quote by Louis L'Amour is one of my favorites...
"Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment,heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishesto be. Only the weak blame their parents, their race, theirtimes, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyonehas it within his power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow." -Louis L'Amour
I can look back and see how my life was shaped by earlyenvironment, heredity and changes in the world around me.
My life was shaped by my parents, friends, schools,experiences, injuries, where I lived, moves I made, andtreatment from others, all had an effect on me.
Some experiences affected me deeply. Some of these emotional feelings remain with me and affected me later in my life.
There came a time when I realized I control my own realitywith my thinking, imagination, ideas and actions. What Ithink about and focus on creates my reality. My thoughts andimagination cause my actions. So I began to shape my life.Knowing, I control what I can DO...BE... and HAVE.
That's when I made the most progress in my life, when myambitions and goals came to the surface. I decided what Iwanted to do with my life. Many times these were goals anddreams I had at an early age.
Sometimes, my early goals and desires faded into thebackground, but were still in my memory.
I know people who habitually blame parents, environmment,race, color, location or anything else they can think ofexcept... where the blame should be... On them!
No one else is to blame... I take responsibility for thegood and the bad in my life, because, I create my ownreality. It's a weak person who blames everything onsomebody or something else.
The things I put off are my own fault. I can't blame others,or my environment for not taking an action... because, nowI see clearly...
I Create My Own Reality!
My point of power is Now... Today! I can't change the past.The present moment is where I can make changes for myfuture. My thoughts, imagination, ideas and actions today,create my reality tomorrow.
I become what I think about all day long. That determines what I will do, be, and have tomorrow and in the future. I create it!... I'm responsible for the good and the bad. What I focus on becomes my reality. That's true for any and all areas of my life.
And... I believe it and accept it!
Bill Parks... Computer Consultant, specializing in Filemaker Pro database design. Publisher of "Information Age Products Ezine" and "Bill's Business Boosters Ezine." http://www.Build-UR-Business.com And... http://www.InfoAgePro.com
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