“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
The words written above by Wayne Dyer made me discover myself in a completely different form.
I wondered how much compromise I have made in my life since childhood. For every bad thing that happened to me, I felt sorry for myself. I didn’t try to fix them, rather compromised with whatever happened to me. I compromised even with my desires and dreams because I thought they were too big to be accomplished.
In this voyage of life, at least once, we need to come in terms with the utmost reality. And the reality is: things and circumstances – good or bad, best or worst, happen to every single individual; to you, to me and to all of us. Either we grow through them or just go through them, the choice remains ours. We can either look at the glass as half filled or half empty.
We are nothing but the result of our very own choices, for the choices we make become our reality. Suppose we want a luxurious car, the newest model in the market but we don’t have enough budget for it. What would we do now? Of course we would settle for the car that fits our budget. But why don’t we think about earning enough money so that we can buy the car we love?
This is how we compromise. This is how we make choices. The entire scene would be different, if we took the desire to get the newest model as a motivation or an opportunity to make enough money. But we took it as an obstacle. This is just a simple instance. We have a whole lot of instances similar to this and all of us, at some point in our life, can unquestionably relate to such instances. It’s been said that the starting point of all achievements is desire. But instead of finding ways to accomplish it, we often try to suppress it because we think it is too big for us to achieve.
The culture of compromising has been prevailing for a long time now. We have subconsciously made it as a part of our daily life, as a culture. Maybe that is why most of us don’t come under the 1% who have made great differences in the world.
Nevertheless, it’s never too late to begin change. It’s never too late to build a new culture. And as we know, change begins from us. Now is the time to start building a new culture: The ‘Culture of Commitment’. Let us all commit ourselves to our dreams and desires and stop compromising and settling for less.