January 2

“Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control.” – Epictetus

The old cliche about mind over matter? Maybe it’s a quote about being able to do anything you put your mind to. It’s neither. Today’s thought is about choices. You and I are not likely to face some of the difficult, dangerous and daunting situations many others have but we have our own hardships and tribulations we endure. Some daily, some may very well last the rest of our lives. How we think about them is up to us.

Often when faced with a difficult situation of any type, we make a choice to continue to try to solve a problem or handle a situation or we make a choice to give in. With big problems that did not appear overnight we can assuredly trace back many small decisions we made to give in over and over again until we get to the root of the problem.

Going forward, let’s train our minds to look at situations and ask ourselves, ‘am I surrendering to this?’ And if the answer is yes, let’s say, ‘No. Not today. I don’t give in.’

virtus fortis vocat

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