The Buck Starts Here…
November 30, 2009 § 12 Comments
The more I continue to learn and observe and grow and share, the more apparent it is to me that there is at least one fundamental, undeniable truth about life. That anything in my life is happening because of me. I really am at the centre of my own universe. That isn’t meant in an egotistical way… but everything that I am, everything that I believe, every choice that I make impacts my path into the future in some way. And just as I have the control to create certain scenarios in my life, I also have the control to stop them.
Part of being in control of my own life and my own destiny is being aware of myself, my triggers, my actions, my desires, my needs, my wants, my current situation and where I want to go, the disconnects, the bridges built, celebrating successes, appreciating the present and still moving towards the future. Everything is so interconnected, and it all flows out from one place. Me.
Granted, there are elements outside of my control that contribute to where I am in a particular moment. But I truly believe that what is crossing my path today is a result of something I put out into the world yesterday. With this thought in mind, the choices I am making today reflect where I want to be tomorrow.
I ran into an old employer once who asked me how I was doing and my reply was something along the lines of “still changing the world.” He laughed and responded “young people always think they’re going to change the world. Let me know how it’s going in another 10 years.”
Well, it’s not 10 years later, but it’s 2 years later. And I think I’m changing the world more now than I was then. Because each of us has an impact on where the world goes. I’ve been surprised recently with the changes others are inspired to make in their own lives as a result of the changes I’ve made in mine and my willingness and openness to share my experiences as I’m doing them.
And so, I’m moving forward, at the centre of my own universe, making positive changes in myself that then ripple out and change the world around me. And those changes create new situations and present me with new paths to explore and new choices I can make. All because I figured out that the buck doesn’t just stop here… it starts here too.