I was recently at a bookstore and saw a book called “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts”. What a title, right? I was quite literally unable to leave the store without buying it and reading it immediately. As I watch events unfold in the world, in the political arena, and in dealing with people in my day to day life, I often find myself wondering, “how can they act like this? or “how can they think like that?” wi
I came across this quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe today, and I think it captures the sentiment I have come to (albeit reluctantly) over the years that in the end, how I experience my life and my relationships is ultimately up to me. He wrote: “I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.