Sunday, July 23, 2006

Focusing Your Creative Energy

Life is totally unscripted. There is no grand plan. There are no predetermined outcomes. Everything is based on choices and actions. The events around us are not predetermined and most external actions are random. We can influence some things but we always are dealing with the unpredictable and the uncontrollable.

Control what you can control, influence what you can influence and stop worrying about the things that you can’t control or reasonably influence. Make wise choices because you have to live with their consequences, good or bad. All you can leave behind are memories, some good and some bad. So concentrate on making the good memories and try to minimize making the bad memories.

Time is unknown but finite. Your health is only under a limited amount of your control. What you can mostly control is what you do, how you act, what you eat, how you exercise, what you watch or don’t watch on TV or at the movies, what you read, who you are as a person. Wealth comes and goes, but knowledge is unlimited and the only thing you can retain. Share your knowledge with others and you will be creating good memories for them and potentially positively influencing their future actions.

What you can’t control but can try to influence are other people’s actions, world events, local events, and your own health.

The big paradox for most of us is that we tend to focus on what we can’t control and neglect to focus on what we can mostly control. Focus your creative energies on the things you are actually able to control and try to leave the world a little richer for your contributions.


Blogger Jimmy said...

Very inspiring post (great drawings too)! I can especially relate to the last paragraph - focus, focus.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Elwood H. Smith said...

You've (once again) hit the nail squarely on the head!


3:41 PM  

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