I am in love with the teachings of Robin Sharma. The author behind the life-transforming book entitled "The Monk who sold his Ferrari," has literally improved my life through his wisdom. This title is only the first of a wide collection of knowledgeable reading material, all of which are incredibly profound.
His book "Awaken Your Best Self" is the 4th book I've read in his collection. I can't think of a better way to start each day than reading such insightful and inspirational words to help you live a fabulous life.
Page 49 really stuck out to me when I read:
"Every one of us creates a story about his own life, even if he only tells it to himself. For some, the story is all about being a victim. They are that way because of their childhoods or because of where they grew up or because of the bad things that have happened to them. So many people in the world today are professional victims."
"Because playing the victim is easy. You do not have to assume responsibility for the way your life looks. You can blame everyone else for what's not working in your life, never having to look at yourself and make the changes required. But when you play the victim, you assign away your power to that which you allege is victimizing you. It's a very impotent way to live."
We all know people who play the victim, and perhaps at one point or another in each of our lives, we have played the victim ourselves. When things go wrong we have two choices: we can waste time feeling sorry for ourselves, blaming this or that for the unfortunate circumstances bestowed upon us, or we can rise above, take control of what we have control over, find the learning opportunity in the challenge and proceed forward.
While it's easy enough to play the victim, never taking responsibility for your life and actions, and subsequently not utilizing the true power each of us has within, it certainly isn't congruent with a life of integrity or happiness.
I refuse to be a victim! Who's with me?