When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl
Are you mad, angry, frustrated, or unpeaceful? Do other people step on your last nerve? Do you dwell on past conversations and interactions obsessively? Then you are not alone. Do you find that worrying has ever accomplished anything productive? There is a different way to live.
God has given everybody since Adam and Eve freedom of will, which means that you get to choose. Our life is not determined by our circumstances. Our life is determined by our attitude about our circumstances. You can be miserable and poor or you can be miserable and rich. Your happiness is not decided by your circumstances. Nobody makes you mad. You get mad because you choose to get mad. You can control things that you have control over. These are the things to focus on. If you want to make more money then get more schooling, start a business, work to be a more valuable employee, change jobs, etc. However, there will be circumstances outside your control like the economy, health, demanding boss, etc.
Viktor Frankl was a holocaust survivor that understood freedom of will. His quotes are introspective.
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr is a cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom. When we lose control our challenge is to change ourselves. Mr. Frankl and Mr. Niebuhr learned to live life between the ears and so can you.