Today, I was thinking about the Mother Teresa quote, “Let no one come to you without leaving better,” while wondering if I was leaving people better or worse than I found them, which reminded me of this John Green quote.
I still need a reminder that my actions are not just mine, but create a wake that rolls over unsuspecting, and often, innocent parties.
When I am conscious and aware, I want to leave something much different than scars.
I want to leave hope: hope for those who might have given up on hope.
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
– Viktor Frankl
Frankl’s wisdom in this area was forged during the Holocaust. He survived because he believed he could give meaning to his suffering. He allowed the circumstances to challenge his life and he came out with freedom and a gift for the world.
I took the gift from his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, and, for many years, have been using it for strength and endurance.
Whatever our circumstances, we are charged to quit complaining and start changing.