Wednesday, 10 April 2013

“Own Your Life!”


The truth is that nobody forces you to think, feel, or behave a certain way. While you may be ostracized by society or even punished if you don't follow certain rules, still nobody else can "make" you do or feel anything.  You are not a victim to people or circumstances. This is not to say that you can control all situations, certainly you cannot. But you alone are responsible for your thoughts, emotions, and actions in relation to that situation.  
Try it yourself...if you could "make" a person be nicer, wouldn't you do it? Can you "make" someone like you or love you? Can you "make" someone happy? You can create certain circumstances that you think will illicit that "happy" response, but you cannot choose his emotion for him. Another person cannot "make" you cry...you chose to cry because he did not react like the loving and kind person that you wish he were.
If you chose to be sad because you feel a loss, that's fine - own it, don't blame him for it. If you choose to be p.o.'d and throw pillows at him, go on ahead; love it, choose it, enjoy it as your own emotion. But if you imbue him with the power of letting him dictate your emotions, you are giving up your power.
Do you really want to spend your life letting other people decide how you feel? Doesn't sound like much fun to me. They might as well tell you what you like to eat, and what you like to wear, and which people you like too....now that's a robot. Use your own mind; make your own decisions about how you feel.
If you're not responsible for your emotions, then who is? If you let others choose all your emotions, are you not also then charged with the responsibility for the emotions of other people? I personally don't want that responsibility of handling another person's preferences in that way...I'll stick with my own, thank you.
Feelings are managed. No, I am not presuming to dictate that a person should feel a certain way in any particular situation. You are entitled to feel whatever you want to feel...happy, sad, mad...and then to translate that to any action. But you are responsible for that feeling and that choice of action, and not entitled to blame others for it.   No one can make you feel a certain way anymore than they can make you act a certain way. "I shouted at him b/c he made me mad" is inaccurate. "I shouted at him because I wanted to" is accurate.
But it's not just a matter of semantics or language ....it's a matter of accepting the feeling as part of who you are.   Just as we control our actions, we should also control our thoughts and feelings...it's part of the same internal discipline. To believe otherwise, is to believe that everything is a matter of chance, that you do not and cannot affect things in one direction or another.
Courtesy # Kathy Gates