You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them
What happens to us or around us is often not in our control. However how we react, what we think and what we choose to do is. This quote reminds us of the choice we have and encourages us to respond with what we can.
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- REFLECT: What comes to mind that you that you feel you is causing you worries or you feel is not in your control.
- RESPOND: Settle down, Breathe and Relax. Let go of any thoughts of past that come to mind, start with simply observing the breath. Now decide on what you CAN do with which you create a desired outcome.
- INTEGRATE: Any time in future you find yourself in difficult circumstances, take time to Pause and remember this quote and how you can respond & what you can do.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
About the Author of Quote: Maya Angelou was an American poet, a memoir writer, and a civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies ( biographies written by herself ), three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is actually credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning for over 50 years! She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
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Hey everyone! Today we are going to be talking about Maya Angelou’s quote, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” As you may know from a bit above, she is a very inspirational woman and we should all try to learn something from her, this quote can hopefully be one of those things. So as you know, life is constantly throwing obstacles at us. Imagine this scenario. You are trying to walk through this super snowy and cold area and just trying to get to your “finish area” or end point. This journey going from where you are to the end point is just like life. And as you are going, there are snow balls, cold winds, ice, all these things that are coming in your way and hitting you. These are like our events in life. Some times there may be some good things, like how we have our parties and holidays, but there are a lot of hard things as well. But once they “hit” us, we learn how we should have dealt with them that way next time we get in the same situation, we know how to deal with it. In our little scenario, you can imagine getting hit by a wind, and then next time. you know to shelter yourself from it when the same things that build up to it start happening again. My main point with this is, don’t be afraid when bad things happen. Do your best to deal with them, and when it is over, learn how to reflect on the situation and pay attention to what happened building up to it. This way, whenever you are in another situation and similar things are happening, you know how to deal with it and you can avoid it.
Post Author: Gurbani Singh. I am a teenager and often find myself searching for positive quotes for girls. I have made it a goal to post Positive and Inspiring quotes. I hope that these are as encouraging to you as they are for me to learn from and apply to our daily lives. Here is a link to my posts: encouraging quotes for teens.
My view on this quote:
Consider Mindfulness meditation as a way to help calm down and reflect on the message.
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