“Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.” –Author unknown
I find this quote to be both true, and in sense, uplifting. There are so many things that are within our power, and just as many that are beyond it. What this quote emphasizes for me is that life requires individual responsibility, a sense of freedom to make your own choices, and an understanding of human limitations.
No one is perfect, but each person is truly capable of positive change. One thing that often stifles change, getting in the way of optimism, is feeling overwhelmed and taking on unnecessary responsibility for things beyond one’s control.
If you find yourself feeling bogged down, stressed, depressed, anxious or even “stuck,” I urge you to make a list of three things that are within your control and three things beyond your control. For example, a job seeker can control how many jobs they apply to, but can’t control the state of the economy. One can control his/her outlook on life, but not the opinions of others.
Take some weight off of your shoulders, focus on the changeable and obtainable. Breathe, be brave. Find the courage to make positive changes where possible, and accept the things that are out of your power.