"We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us--how we can take it, what we do with it--and that is what really counts in the end. How to take the raw stuff of life and make it a thing of worth and beauty--that is the test of living."
-- Joseph Fort Newton
Stuff happens and some of that stuff may not have been consciously ordered, and what happens within me as a result of the stuff is everything. I have come to believe after over 40 years of study, that life is meant to be enjoyed; that the experience of it is the value and the interpretation of the experience is entirely personal. At the very same time, I believe that we all have a great deal of control in how our lives function and that we choose more than we know and that we can know to choose if we choose to know.
It has been my experience and that of so many I see and know that we learn a certain thing, attitude, point of view, routine and we do it again and again from the habit of doing it past. And that we learn to define words, phrases, events, circumstances in our own way from this learning and that it is our definitions that determine much of how we experience life. Of the thousands of quotes I have seen, one stands apart and is all encompassing to me: "Tis nothing good or bad that thinking makes it so." --William Shakespeare. We define everything personally. In this one thing we have complete and total control of our lives.
Our emotions are just indicators of how we are thinking. We normally say that differently. We usually say, our emotions are indicators of how we feel. But really, our feelings are a result of our thinking. We choose them consciously or unconsciously, but they are chosen nonetheless. Therein lies the secret of change--to change the thought that creates the feeling--assuming it is a feeling that is undesirable. It is incredibly simple as laws are, yet not necessarily easy. It requires intent to purpose, but that is the only work involved. The rest is pure pleasure.
Once learned and practiced just a bit, there is nothing that you will interpret other than as you want it to be. You also get to choose whether others see that in you or you keep it to yourself, and I assure you that being in the pilot's seat consciously is the most pleasure you will ever have.
I Am A Qualified Pilot. I Have My Wings.
Spread Some Joy Today--Choose your intent today as you intend to choose. Your joy awaits you. You are the master pilot. F-16's are just child's play to you.