Indestructible

“We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.” – John Green

The mind works in ways that we don’t always comprehend. We ask ourselves why, yet no answers arrive to us. Our thoughts determine our outlook on life. The events in our lives get filtered by our perception; one that we have nurtured and adapted to our environment. We are what we think. We feel what we think. We behave according to our thoughts. Keep that in mind. Remember it. Tell yourself that even though you cannot change the events in your life, you can change the way you think about them.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. Frankl

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8 thoughts on “Indestructible

  1. Too true. I’ve always believed in the power of perception, and I’m learning now that only I get to decide who I am and will be.

  2. Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits had a nice post relating to this last week. He wrote about how the (specifically web) media you choose to consume shapes your reality.
    He wrote, “If you’re on websites that talk about how horrible the world is, and how gays and Muslims and feminists are causing everything to go to hell … then that will be your reality.
    If you’re on Facebook looking at your friends’ food pictures or vacation photos, that will shape your reality. If you’re on porn sites, that’s what your reality is. If you follow people on Twitter who complain all the time, that affects your life in a major way.”
    I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I read it, and your post has connects with it well. What we choose to focus on, what we choose to pay attention to, becomes our life. There is great freedom within the mind to choose the reality we want to live.
    Here’s a link to the post at Zen Habits: http://zenhabits.net/reality/

  3. No one is immune to difficult times. I have found that in hindsight a lot of hardships are actually blessings :) Knowing this can help cultivate a different perspective during current events. A positive anticipation is always more beneficial in seeing the resulting opportunities.

  4. It is a very Stoic attitude to aim to control your mind-set and thereby alter your living life. Viktor Frankl proposed logotherapy which I believe was something he was working on before the 2nd World War but his experience in the concentration camp really helped cultivate this notion more fully. At rock bottom all human beings require meaning to build flourishing, happy lives. In fact, a meaningful life is unbearable even when one’s all the comforts of life! Meaning constructs that can be used to combat life issues consist of the creative, experiential and attitudinal. It is a form of counselling that can, I believe, be of great value in the appropriate set of circumstances. :)

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