”A Better Step For A Better Life”

You cannot change the circumstances. But you can get stronger, wiser, better.

Life is about constant, predictable patterns of change, and the only constant factor will be our feelings and attitudes toward life. We as human beings have the power of attitude and that attitude determines the choice, and choice determines results. All that we are and all that we can become has indeed been left to us to decide and interpret through our attitude and choices.

Life is like the changing seasons—you cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself. So the first major lesson in life to learn is how to handle the winters. They come regularly, right after autumn. Some are long, some are short, some are difficult, some are easy, but they always come right after autumn. That is never going to change.

There are all kinds of winters: the “winter” when you can’t figure it out, the “winter” when everything seems to go awry. There are economic winters, social winters, and personal winters.

Wintertime can bring disappointment, and disappointment is common to all of us. So you must learn how to handle the winters. You must learn how to handle difficulty; it always comes after opportunity. That is never going to change.

The big question is what to do about winters. You can’t get rid of January simply by tearing it off the calendar. But here is what you can do: You can get stronger; you can get wiser; you can get better. Remember that trio of words: stronger, wiser, better. The winters won’t change, but you can.

Before I understood this, I used to wish for summer when it was winter. When things were difficult, I wished they were easy. I didn’t know any better. Then my mentor gave me the answer from a part of his unique philosophy when he said, “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”


78 thoughts on “”A Better Step For A Better Life”

      1. Exactly my point, which is why moving won’t solve any problems other than temperature. If you stayed, you can learn to live with the weather (the weather being a difficulty in your life) and become a stronger person

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      2. Theoretically you are right. The environment doesn’t affect the inner work towards improvement. But I find it really hard to cope constantly with bad weather conditions . We get used to this, and adapt and end up finding our joy in that, still, it’s not ideal…

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  1. We are in winter, to one degree or another, everywhere north of the Equator. We are in December, a month when the financial markets are extremely volatile. We are in a period when emotional stress,much of it holiday-based, takes its toll on families. We are in a period of great opportunity.

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  2. Hi Lynn,
    After reading your article, I think of an inspiring story that I forgot where I heard it from:
    If you would like to open an ice-cream shop, you should start your business in winter. This is because if you can overcome the difficulties of selling ice-cream in winter, you will have no problem during the summer.
    Also, your article is inspiring too!! 😀

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  3. Thanks for sharing, when I was younger I used to do the same but as you get older and more enlightened, you realise that you need the cold to appreciate the warmth, the dark to appreciate the light, sadness to appreciate happiness and so on. I tend to use the yin and yang philosophy – you need both elements to make it whole. One without the other is nothing but when you have both, it becomes full circle. Peace and blessings! 🙂

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  4. This is an interesting metaphor, a good one. You’re right certain things cannot be changed but the constants such as our skills, emotions, and wisdom can be. Learning how to change ourselves from within in order to better handles things is crucial and a better way of life❤️

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