“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”
― Katharine Hepburn
An old friend posted this on Facebook today and I had to share it because it is spot-on.
So many times in the world we find excuses and others to blame, when it is in our power to make a decision to change just about anything in our lives. We are the ones steering our own ship, deciding how to take the waves – head-on or at an angle, with a course, or without.
We decide how to allow others to treat us. If we let ourselves get taken advantage of or treated like we don’t deserve, it’s because we need to look inside and figure out how to set boundaries. And better understand our self-worth.
We decide whether to allow circumstances to affect us in a negative way, or to use them to help spur our emotional our growth and move us forward.
We decide what excuses will impede our goals. When we say we’re too busy or “it just won’t work,” we are making a choice.
We decide how that guy in traffic who cut us off will make us feel. Or how someone who was dishonest, who hurt our feelings, or who was even downright creepy, will make us feel. We have a choice … to carry that around with us or throw it overboard.
Compassion and self-awareness are points on our compass. And sometimes it takes a painful event or two in life to help us establish these bearings.
One thing is for certain, stepping out of ourselves and looking in objectively is the only way to chart our true course.
Here’s to another inspiring bad-ass of a woman who said it right.