“How you respond to life is your life.”
– Tama Kieves
From her new book, “Thriving Through Uncertainty: Moving Beyond Fear and Making Change Work for You”
Oh my goodness, take that in.
It’s so easy to imagine that if I change my circumstances, I’ll have a better life.
I did the research on this one when I moved from Denver to Lamy, New Mexico three years ago. I do love living in a magical casita surrounded by open land and open sky. And, I still have bad moods when things don’t go how I think they “should.”
When I’m able to respond by allowing things to be as they are, then my life feels great regardless of where I’m living or any other circumstances.
When I’m spending time in Denver and sitting in traffic, I can choose to respond by becoming present and Zen and flowing as traffic is or isn’t flowing. When I rail against “idiot drivers,” I create a not-so-good life for myself.
Same circumstances: sitting in Denver traffic. Two different lives by my response to life.
Is the answer to never go to Denver again? Of course not. Then I would simply have more time to focus on all the “idiot hikers” in the beautiful New Mexico open space who let their dogs run loose and jump on me.
Tama has written a brilliant, inspiring, heart-warming book championing our oh-so-human experience and calling us to become more aware of how we can thrive anyway.
Love yourself – read her book.
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