“I don’t control life, but I control how I react to it”- Macklemore
Macklemore is an extremely successful rapper in the game. Some may say he is one of the most successful rappers out there. I’m sure if you were able to sit down with Macklemore, he would tell you that It was not easy to get to where he is in the game. The music industry is vicious, and getting to the top is something that very few musicians ever do. His quote above really speaks volumes about the way Macklemore thinks about success.
If you have ever read the book from Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning, you are very familiar with the tale of a man who survived a Nazi concentration camp. While Viktor Frankl was in this camp he discovered a very important part about life. As he was being tortured by a mad Nazi scientist, he was in a line of other prisoners. As the mad scientist was walking down the line, he was castrating all of the men one by one. Viktor Frankl discovered that each individual would react differently, but most reactions were very severe. Viktor at that moment realized that the only thing that he had control over was how he reacted to that situation. It was at that very moment that he decided he would survive these horrible situations and use his knowledge to help others all over the world, which he has.
Ok, so now that we look at such an extreme example, let’s take a look at your life. What is your meaning you are giving all of the hardships that you are going through? You might be getting laid off from your job, dumped by your significant other, your car broke down, or maybe a loved one passed away. These are all very very hard things to deal with, but what are you going to do with this situation? Well, you can do one of two things. You can either let life beat down on you and hold you on the ground permanently, or you can use this experience to build you up and grow stronger. If you use these hardships as opportunities to grow stronger, you are going to be a gladiator! You will be so much stronger than you ever thought you would be. Reacting to life’s events in a positive manner will really change your life. You just have to be willing to be proactive towards life, and not let life walk all over you. You’re better than that!
As always, may the fortress be with you!
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