“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell

As we reflect on 2018, we must think about the decisions we have made and how they affected us last year, but also how they will lead over into 2019.

There may be some sort of inert desire to blame others and external situations for the positions that we currently find ourselves, and that is problematic.

One thing that I pride myself on is never blaming others for anything that happens to me, whether good or bad. If a negative situation were to take place, it may visually seem like it is due to someone else’s actions, but what would have happened if I were not associated with so-and-so? Or what would have happened were I not at a particular place and instead doing something else?

In the immediate of a shocking event, rather than to react emotionally, remove yourself from that momentary problem and evaluate everything. You may learn to find an understanding that you are actually in control of more than you thought.

2019 is still fairly fresh, so rather than blaming everything and everyone for your failures or unfortunate events, start to reflect on what you can do to alter your results the next time something like that happens again.

In no way do I think you should ever beat yourself up for everything that happens. But, what I do think you should do is give yourself some more credit for both the good and bad that happen in your life. Sometimes we forget that we do orchestrate some aspects of our lives, and it is worth exploring how much power we really have!

Until next time,

Live Long and Prosperous.

J.M.

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