“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

— Chuck Swindoll

We recognize the external circumstances that we face every day. We note the reactions that we provide to these stimuli. What most of us, however, don’t pay attention to is the decision-maker residing between these two elements: our powerful minds! How we react to a situation is completely up to us.

We choose whether we want to focus on what’s wrong in our life or what’s right. We decide whether to count our blessings or to count our troubles. We pick whether we are going to endlessly brood over missed opportunities or prepare ourselves for the next occasion.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Our happiness depends solely on the lens that we use to view our life. If we change our attitude, we will not only see life differently, but life itself will be different for us.

As Epictetus said, you cannot choose your external circumstances, but you can always choose how to respond to them. It’s up to you to respond in a way that befits you.