For my birthday, my co-workers got me one of the most thoughtful gifts that I have ever received. They got me a cute display box full of cards with over 200 different sayings on them. A literal box of positive inspiration.
It sits right on the base of my computer monitor, wowing me with wisdom for 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week.
And because I'm "that girl", I constantly find myself taking pictures of different quotes, and sending them to people, or wanting to put them on Instagram, because I feel like it is something that the people around me would also benefit from remembering every now and then. Yesterday, I walked into work, and decided I was ready for a new quote. Sometimes they last a day, sometimes a week, but I always seek to keep it relevant to where I am at in my life. And really, the quote I pulled yesterday... it is all about being who you want to be, and that is awesome. Do you want to know what it was?
That's it. I forget that a lot. That in my life, I get to set the rules, and determine who is granted what power over me. Even at work, I choose to work in an environment where I have a certain boss, or certain co-workers. I choose to live in a Country with certain leaders, and a given set of moral standards. These are my CHOICES. They weren't things that "happened" to me, they were things that I decided upon, either through apathy, or through deliberate decision. And if I don't like things, I also have a choice. A choice to change the rules, and to find a way around.
It was heavy stuff for a Monday morning, I promise you that. But it was the heavy stuff that my heart needed to remember. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck in this idea that I "ended up" somewhere, or "it came out of nowhere". That isn't entirely the case. In the end, I put myself into a situation where life can happen, and it does. That's not a bad thing, it's just a thing. It's when I quit taking ownership of my choices that things tend to get bad.
So today, the thing is to live with a little bit more intention for my choices. 3% more. And 3% more the next day. Until someday, maybe, I'll be aware of how the small choices I make are creating the rules that shape my life.