Nothing in this world has meaning except for that which I give it.
What does it mean when a person cuts you off in traffic?
What does it mean when a person calls you a name?
What does it mean when things don't go your way?
What does it mean when you are stressed or frustrated?
One of the most amazing lessons in truth that I have been exposed to is the truth that I am the one giving meaning to the events in my life. In fact, I have been the one that has assigned meaning to every even in my life. Riddle me this. How is it that you can have two siblings, plus yourself (or however many grew up in your house together) grow up in the same house, raised by the same parents, in the same generation, and the three of you see the world so differently from one another? Did you have different experiences? I would argue that you really didn't. What you had was different definitions. You defined the events and conditions of your life in your own unique way, and you are still doing that today.
Whenever we do anything, experience anything, we assign a meaning to it. The definition of that meaning is what leads to us choosing joy or choosing sorrow. What is your definition of things? Have you ever stepped back and looked at life and realized that you can choose any meaning that you want. You can play the victim or the victor, regardless of the circumstance. You can be happy or mad based on how you define your reality.
I want to be happy. I want to experience joy. So, I challenge myself and you as well. Define your events as good. Define your experiences through a growth mindset. Seek out ways to define this world as a great place to be. After all, as James Allen pointed out in As A Man Thinketh, "The mind doth make heaven of hell and hell of heaven."
Today, I shall create Heaven!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.