The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.

~ Paul Tillich ~

Yours Is The Best Street

July 20th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 0 secs

Yours could well be the best street there is if you choose it to be.

Yours could well be the best street there is if you choose it to be.

Ever feel like your life isn’t as good as the next person’s? Well, unless your life is constantly under threat I’d venture to say yours is the best street.

How can that be true? And if it is, what makes your life so good? The answer does not lie in your past, but from here on in

Who knows what your life has been like up to now? Perhaps you’ve had a lot of good times? Or, maybe you’ve faced too many seriously bad times (or else a mixed bag of both). Whatever the case, it’s what you choose to do today and from here on in that makes yours the best street to live in.

We might hanker for more money, better friends, and a happier family in a much more stately place. Perhaps we long for more adventure, with someone to valiantly sweep us off our feet. Or, simply, for everything in life to merely turn out right for a change.

But the fact remains we cannot amend past events and some really do leave a lasting impression. Still, it is possible to make decisions that will shape our future situation and even touch everyone around us.

And the best ways to do that call for something more from us. After all, you can’t take more positive control of your life without increasing your commitment to it. To make your situation work better needs the realization that it is up to us to apply wisdom and effort.

That’s why I don’t support the wishful religious view of some Christians who say, “Well if God wanted things to change, He would do it” (as if it were the perfect excuse for inaction). I’m sure the Almighty could. But, as Goethe aptly put it, “God gives us the nuts but we must crack them”. 

Whatever our location, we can make it the best street if we put the work in. It is our job to improve the lot of not only ourselves, but also those around us. Clearly, that’s not going to happen in an instant because it takes time as well as effort. Yet it is a splendid approach that’s well worth the effort.

Is it simplistic to make such a sweeping statement? Yes of course it is. You need to weigh this idea up and decide whether it makes sense to you personally. Then, consider what improvement looks like to you and how you can apply methods to do it.

Improving your own life as is and making the best of your relationships is doable, reasonable, and highly worthwhile. Which is to say that instead of wishing for someone else’s address, yours really is the best street to be in.

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