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41 of 100 Accept Responsibility for Yourself

I could cry about all this is going wrong in my life.  I can celebrate all this is going right.  I have a choice. I can see my life as if I were a buoy hopelessly bobbing in the ocean. I'm at the mercy of the elements. I can also choose to deal with what life has to throw at me knowing I am doing my best to move ahead.

When I look at my life as a whole, I have a lot of positives.  I had a good upbringing from first generation Cuban immigrants.  My wife of 31 plus years and I have raised three adult daughters.  Two are contributing citizens working good jobs.  The third just finished her sophomore year in college.  I had a birthday last week and invited over a house full of family, friends - the loved ones in my life - to enjoy time together with food, wine and music.

My life has its shortcomings.  I run my own business.  I work demanding hours.  I sometimes struggle to make ends meet given the up and downs on my income.  Sure I wish I had more saving to buffer me through those rough patches, but that's not the case right now.

I have to look at my circumstances with perspective.  As difficult as things have gotten, I'm doing alright.  The sky is not falling.  My worse case horror scenario isn't in play.  I don't have to become a victim licking my wounds and hurting.

I can and should count my blessing.   I've only listed a few of them here, but my God had shined the light on me and there's nothing happening for me to be complaining.

Just as important, I have to accept responsibility for getting where I am today.   I can go into "poor me" mode regretting decisions I made in the past that make today harder than it would be otherwise.   I can also considering looking at my life as a path getting me to just this moment where I am poised for greatness.

I choose to roll up my proverbial sleeves, pray for the best, expect the worst, but regardless work creatively to take the next steps to get to where I want to be.

Note to self:  Just do it.