Self-reliant

I am self-reliant.

External stimuli are neutral until I choose to react to them.

As I see the world, hear it, taste it, touch it, smell it – these are only observations.

Pause, breathe, and then respond.

How I react is my choice.

Thoughts and feelings come and go. Sometimes they change direction like the wind. Other times they sink their teeth in and refuse to let go. Sometimes I jump out of bed with excitement. Other times it is an effort to wiggle my fingers and toes and my lungs feel weighed down with concrete.

I accept my thoughts and feelings as they are. They come from within me. I need to have them or feel them. But beyond that, nothing. I get to choose which thoughts and feelings I continue to entertain and explore after their initial inception.

I am self-reliant.