Your Daily Positive Vibes:
“Our actions may be impeded but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
– Marcus Aurelius
Some folks use their hardships as an excuse to fail in everything, even in life. Others use their struggles as the fuel behind their successes. Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius wrote these words over 1,800 years ago understanding that the crappiest parts of our lives are also the most important. What you think is the impediment to your success is actually what will lead to your success. That wall you have to climb will teach you how to climb walls and make you stronger for when another wall appears. And yes, a lot more walls will appear on your path.
Personally, I deal with drama and stress far better than most humans I know. It’s my super power. I was brought up in a home full of both physical and emotional violence. I experienced things no child should ever experience. At the time I cried, I hid under beds with my sister and I begged for it all to end. What I didn’t realize is that it calloused my mind. It built a suit of armor around my thoughts. It gave me all the tools I need to do everything I’m doing right now. I would not be the man I am today without the violent childhood. Truly, what stood in the way became the way.
Negativity fills our lives, especially as social media fuels more divisiveness in our nation. It may seem at first glance that the negativity is our downfall, but I believe it is simply the “obstacle to our acting.” The negativity is exactly what we need to become more positive people because we will learn how to ignore it, smile and spread positivity both internally and externally.
So today when you feel the negativity coming on, remember that this experience will teach you how to deal with negativity so that you can lead a life full of Positive Vibes.
I’m wishing you more Positive Vibes than you can stand today.