You Decide

You’re the person who has to decide

whether you’ll do it, or toss it aside.

You’re the person who makes up your mind

whether you’ll lead, or will linger behind.

Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar,

or just be contented to stay where you are.

         -Edgar Quest 1881-1959-

We are taught from the start that outside circumstances control our outcomes in life. To keep us from the feelings of failure, they taught us to be grateful for what you have or where you are. This is true. It is the way that it was presented to us. They would usually pick some person in a third world country. This person would be starving, thirsty, dying from some disease, or in slavery. Another persons pain never gave me any gratitude for my present circumstance. Today I know they meant well.

I would feel empathy for the other person, not gratitude. What a confusing time in my life. To know the truth, yet the adults in my life where teaching me something I knew was not true.

We were also taught some people were meant to be poor and some were meant to be rich and God picked who they were. So if you are poor it is meant to be and God loves the poor person more then the rich. Some even went so far as to say that the rich were evil. This I new was also a lie.

After years of being indoctrinated into this way of looking at life, when I became an adult I continued in this confusion. I just fought the thoughts. Finally, I started to put new thoughts into my mind. This needed to be done repeatedly, to push it into my subconscious mind. Over time the new way of thinking has changed my life.

I am always retraining my mind, that is why I brought you this poem today. This poem is the way I choose to think. I am in control of my thoughts and actions. If I am in control of my thoughts, I am in control of my destiny. This I am grateful for, but I will strive for more today. Because I can not maintain an attitude of gratitude on yesterdays accomplishments.

The best way to learn something is to teach it.

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