“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the medley of life, but we can decide what happens in us—how we can take it, what we do with it – and that’s what really counts in the end.”—Joseph Fort Newton

When faced with the unknown, I cannot know what will happen, only what can be done about what is happening, which makes the difference overall. I don’t always know what will happen to me; often I only have a vague idea. All I know is I can determine what my inner decision will be and can live by it.  Controlling myself in the moment will help me do the right thing. Newton states that although we don’t know what will happen, we still have the power to choose our reactions. When I think about this, I can find examples in my own life when this has been true.

Since I cannot predict what might happen in the future, it is beneficial to me to have strong values to help me make the right decision. When I am faced with a decision that might steer me in the wrong direction, I will try to stay in accord with my values and not let anyone or anything change my mind about it. This is easier said than done, but as Newton states, “That’s what really counts in the end.” When I make an inner decision that is beneficial, and stick to it, it makes the outcome much better.

When I do as I have stated above, I will feel and see good results. If I incorporate this idea in my life I can gain respect and have better outcomes in difficult situations. Since what will actually happen to me in the future is unknown, I need to remember this idea, keep it in mind, and use it as a tool. I can decide what my reactions will be; therefore, I can decide to use this tool. If I do, it just may save my life.

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