Daily Touch of Inspirations
September 28th: You hold the trump card
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
We could look at the upcoming day and despair at all the things we don't control: other people, our health, the temperature, the outcome of a project once it leaves our hands.
Or we could look out at that very same day and rejoice at the one thing we do control: the ability to decide what any event means.
This second option offers the ultimate power — a true and fair form of control. If you had control over other people, wouldn't other people have control over you? Instead, what you've been granted is the fairest and most usable of trump cards. While you don't control external events, you retain the ability to decide how you respond to those events. You control what every external event means to you personally.
This includes the difficult one in front of you right now. You'll find, if you approach it right, that this trump card is plenty.