Too many of us have too much time, too much emotional energy, too much intellect and too much talent invested in things we can’t and won’t change… and too little invested in the stuff we can and should.
I know that sometimes I have a propensity to be somewhat verbose… so today I will be concise, blunt, specific and to the point.
Okay, here comes one of those wise old proverbs… it’s a little philosophical so pay attention
“Stop wasting your life on crap you can’t change”.
(Deep I know)
Your History: sad, tragic, unfair maybe… get over it.
Or at the very least, don’t live there.
The only thing you can change about your history is how you let it affect you now.
Stop being a victim.
We don’t pretend things didn’t happen but neither do we let those things determine what we will be or do. We are not hostages to our past but authors of our destiny and our own amazing future… if we so choose.
Other People: How much time do we invest in meaningless, pointless, futile dialogue and negative emotions (anger, frustration, resentment, bitterness)? Too much. Ultimately they lead to nothing productive and everything destructive… especially for us personally. The only person I can control is me. The only person I can change is me. The only mind I will ever inhabit is my own.
Your Genetics: Kinda hard to alter your DNA unless you’re in some weird-ass Stephen King movie. I’ve never actually met anyone who has changed their genetics by whinging, bitching, moaning or complaining but we continue to try nonetheless.
No, you can’t change your genetics but yes, you can change your diet, your exercise habits, your lifestyle, your stinkin’ thinkin’…. and of course, your body.
Your Age: Okay, if you were born say… forty years ago, that would make you.. forty.
It’s a mathematical thing.
Wear your kids clothes and you will still be… forty.
And kinda tragic.
Yes, you can be awesome at forty but no matter what you do, you won’t be twenty five.
Unless of course you’re Demi Moore.
She’s actually seventeen now.
It’s not a complex message really:
Invest your energy, talent, time and skill where you will…
1) Achieve the best return on your investment
2) Do some good
3) Learn and grow
4) Don’t be a pain in the ass to be around
Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are… every day.
Or as Gandhi put it… “be the change you want to see in the world”.