Friday, April 22, 2011

Defeating Powerlessness

"When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. 
But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes 
from knowing you are working to make things better."
~ Pauline R. Kezer

There are many reasons why we may feel powerless. We may feel defeat and despair because we hold on to the belief that we do not have the power to change things -- that the world is far too complicated and little is within our control -- and so we simply give up.

Sure, there will be circumstances that we truly can't change. Yet, we are never wholly powerless in any situation because we always have the choice as to how we will respond to it.

Resilient people embrace flexibility in their thinking and in their actions. Resilient thinkers embrace a constellation of ideas and then critically explore the possibilities in order to discover new patterns of probabilities.

And once we can see that there are options, we feel hopeful and we begin to take action. Resilient thinking shifts us from powerlessness to powerfulness.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.

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