After reading one of my past articles, Belief Systems, a Twitter friend wrote:
“That means we are responsible for everything in our lives!
Also, our belief systems can change.”
Regarding the first part: responsible for everything?? Well, yes…and perhaps, no. If we were to define “responsible” as “being the cause of something” (paraphrasing one dictionary definition) then I would respectfully take issue in certain very specific areas. Nitpicky? I don’t think so. I believe the distinctions are important.
I certainly believe* that we are responsible for how we respond to everything that happens in our lives. And, that our ultimate success and happiness is 100 percent up to us, based on our responses!
However, I don’t believe we are literally 100 percent responsible for everything that happens to us. There are some things in our physical life experience over which we truly do not have control. That’s not to say there aren’t things we might do to unconsciously put ourselves in undesirable situations. Huge difference.
The second part of his tweet though, I agree with 100 percent. Once we are “consciously aware” that it’s our belief systems that drive our reactions or responses, we are indeed in a position to change those belief systems in a way that will serve us much “more better-er.” 🙂
And, that’s great to know, isn’t it? It means we genuinely do have control over ourselves and our lives. And, even if that rare, distressing, even life-altering event occurs – through absolutely no fault of our own – we still have the ability, within our new and developed belief system, to respond in a more beneficial and productive manner.
* Notice how many times throughout this article I qualify my statements by saying that something is my belief. Please know that I’m not trying to tell you what the truth is. These are only my…beliefs.
And, of course…I could be wrong.
This is really a great topic for discussion, isn’t it? I certainly welcome your thoughts…and beliefs! 🙂