If we really take a look at our lives and our responsibility for that life, we – after a while, sometimes a long while – come to realize that we are 100% totally responsible for our life and our current condition – no matter how good or bad that might be.
We could be rich, poor, healthy, sick, in love, out of love, happy, sad, whatever. Whatever condition we are in at this moment is as a direct result of decisions – consciously or maybe even subconsciously – we made in the past.
One of my favorite Buddhist quotes is: “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
“We become what we think ….”
Some have even been so forward as to say that we choose our own parents and thus choose the environment in which we will grow up. If one believes that one is a spiritual entity occupying a corporeal body, then that can certainly be true.
I had to take a look at the idea the other day that earlier I had totally engineered the demise of two businesses, a marriage, my health and finances. Not all of it was done consciously, “Now I am going to overextend my credit because that will end up putting me so far into debt that I will never be able to climb out.” Or “Now I am going to contract this illness and that will screw up my ability to think clearly and in the end things will be disastrous.”
But subconsciously I did make those decisions. Subconsciously I wanted to fail or needed to fail in order to learn about life and grow spiritually.
This is tough to look at.
It is much easier to say, “I am out of work because I was fired from my job.” Or “I have this horrible disease and there is nothing I can do about it.”
The things I mentioned above did happen to me: loss of two businesses, my finances, my marriage and my health. The result of these catastrophes was to force me to know and apply everything I had ever learned about spiritual growth and how to practice spiritual principals in all of my affairs. I was forced to start all over and admit that I was powerless over life but that therewas a power greater than myself that could restore me to sanity.
We are where we are at this particular point in time because of the decisions and actions we have taken in the past. It is all because of us, no one else.
If that seems to be a bit much to chew off, then also realize that by taking full responsibility for our current situations then we also now have the power of choice to move forward and make our future whatever we choose.
Accept where we are right now and take responsibility for the future.
That seems to be the ticket!
This doesn’t mean that things are all suddenly magically going to be better. That doesn’t seem to be the way the physical universe works. But at least we are now headed in the right direction. And if we work at ourselves then day-by-day we get better and better.
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