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It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

- Epictetus

You need to make a choice to change your reactions to the pain

It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters. Whether the incident was yesterday or years ago, you need to choose to change your reactions to your past pain because you are in control of the outcome of your life…and you always have been.

When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it

When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it. You can either accept it or resent it. Try not to react merely at the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view. Compose yourself. Consider the bigger picture, think things through and fully commit.

Our attitudes shape our feelings, beliefs, and very often our behaviors.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Our attitudes shape our feelings, beliefs, and very often our behaviors. Our attitudes, whilst sometimes indifferent, are often either positive or negative. They play a big part in life – which at times can be immensely harsh. Things and events will happen over which we have no control.

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