“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
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 feeling pessimistic, with a chip on my shoulder. I, like everyone else, have excuses that could allow me to reasonably choose to wait for life to bring me something instead of 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 two days. I didn’t want to be
around myself, so why would anyone else-or life’s gifts-want to come to me? Furthermore, doubting life and doubting ourselves is a dark place. No one can bring the light to get out of that darkness to you. 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.
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.
When I encounter darkness or difficulty, I do not dwell-instead I turn on the light.
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And as always, don’t forget to start your day with a heartfelt: “Something great is going to happen today… I can’t wait to see what it is!”
And when ending your day ask yourself:
“What is one more thing I can do to make today matter?”