the Infinite Monkey speaks: the stories I tell myself
Random brilliance from across the blogosphere…
I’ve been working hard lately at observing my thoughts and choosing to change the stories that I tell myself about my life and the things that happen to me.
Taking responsibility for myself, for my responses, for my actions is so much more powerful than getting stuck in the blame game. I am the only person that I have any control over, so optimizing my choices about what I do (and don’t do) matters.
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Thanks for the quote! You made my day. 🙂
Of course – as you can see, I’ve been holding on to that for a while until I could get it quoted. I’m glad to be able to share it!
There was something about that above post that I caught as ‘donuts’ while scrolling down and now I’m craving donuts. 😐
On a slightly more related note: “I am the only person that I have any control over, so optimizing my choices about what I do (and don’t do) matters.” THIS is the reason I choose to not believe in God. I like to be in control of things, and if I’m not in control of myself, then that kind of sucks
I have those same feelings all the time – not the disbelief in God part, but the being in control part. I am someone who clings to whatever control I have, for sure! I think you can be in control of yourself, what you think and do and feel, and still give over control of your life to God. But it’s a crazy balancing act, and I have to admit that I mostly struggle with that and don’t know how to make that balance happen. But maybe that’s what it’s all about, really, is that I have to relinquish control and I mostly don’t want to.
Crazy balancing act definitely. But then again, religion is a man-made construct, and if it doesn’t suit my needs, then I need not believe in it. Do whatever simplifies your life. If giving over control to God simplifies it, then so be it. Each to his own 🙂
“The stories that I tell myself.”
So much of our lives is nothing but that, stories we tell ourselves. It’s sometimes so hard to realize that’s all they are, just stories. Once we realize that, I think it can be extremely empowering and freeing to watch all those tired, old stories float away.
I completely agree – just what you said!! I loved how she put that.