I ran across this on another blog as I was stumbling today and I just wanted to share it here too as I thought it is a beautiful life lesson.
If you are quick to take offense, then you will be under the control of those who find you offensive.
If you are easily angered, then your actions will be dictated by those who anger you.
If you are obsessed by what other people think, then you will be imprisoned by their thoughts.
If you yearn for easy answers and quick solutions, then you’ll fall prey to people who offer you nothing but promises.
If you find the truth too difficult to bear, then you will be enslaved to those who tell you what you want to hear.
When you have the courage to think for yourself, the strength to accept what is, the commitment and discipline to make a difference…
Then you are free. You are free to live with purpose, joy, and fulfillment. Let your life be defined, not by reactions to what others do, say, or think but rather your own unique vision.
Raise your eyes above the pettiness and follow the path of the greatness that is within you. Be free.
~ Naseeh Sharafudheen