I read a quote this morning that very much grabbed me. It read as follows:
“In life you can choose two paths: the path of least resistance or the path you can’t resist. Never resist.”
On average, we tend look at life mostly incorrectly. When things do not go right for us, we blame it on “them,” the invisible gremlins who despite not knowing us nor having any reason to specifically disrupt our lives, seem to constantly conspire against us. When things “happen” to go well for us, we consider ourselves “lucky” or just having a good day. We externalize our fortunes and fail to realize just how much of our own happiness lies directly within our control.
Too many of us let life happen to us, rather than happening to life. We accept the mundane nuances of day to day living without ever really creating or seizing the moments that could truly make us fulfilled. We walk past beauty in search of things inherently less meaningful to us, sometimes to conform to a more general view of accomplishment than what truly drives us inside. When we do that we’re giving up a rather important source of power from within.
Living an authentic life, a key element of self-empowerment and self-realization, starts with identifying what it is you want in life, how you want to lead it, who you want to share it with, and what your ultimate happiness looks like. It is not the product of circumstance, but rather the deliberate outcome of aligning your core values with your actions and words, and seeking opportunities to bring them to life. That is not to say that good fortune won’t play a hand in things from time to time, but the more that we internalize and take responsibility for our own happiness, the better the chance we’ll achieve some degree of it.
That is the first step to truly living.