"The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing." Michael E. Gerber Submitted by Challenger Debbie H. Good morning! This quote compliments yesterday's message nicely. Time and time again I am asked where I get the energy to do all of the things that I do. The answer rests within this quote. When we create our lives, we are filled with energy. When we passively react to our lives or wait for "our ship to come in," we become tired and bored. Just like everyone else on this planet, I have a long list of sorrowful experiences that could leave me pessimistic with a chip on my shoulder. I have excuses like everyone else that could allow me to reasonably choose to wait for life to bring me something versus going out and risking heart and soul day after day. You know what though? When we disengage and become passive we also become negative and complain a lot. I tried it once and got tired of listening to myself within 2 days. I didn't want to be around myself, why would anyone else or life's gifts? Furthermore, doubting life and doubting ourselves is a dark place. No one can bring the light to you to get out of that darkness. You have to choose to ignite the light--and you have to choose that day after day after day. It is the only way to live fully. Your Turn No matter what obstacles you face or have faced, realize you can't live fully if you choose to stay in the darkness. And if you choose to stay in the darkness, darkness is all you will see. There is always a light. Realize that you have the power to light up your life. Your Affirmation "When I encounter darkness or difficulty, I do not dwell--instead I turn on the light."