How Living is Determined

I wanted to start my post off with a quote. I’ve been in a Kahlil Gibran mood this week and one of his quotes has really gotten me thinking. In his book, The Prophet, he wrote, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

It’s been over three years now since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and a couple more years since I was officially diagnosed with major depression/anxiety. It’s been a hard battle, but a worthwhile one that has taught me a lot.

The hardest aspect for me though, is that no matter how much I want to overcome and push through the challenges, I am not able to do so with ease. It is frustrating to need to convince myself some days that it is worth the effort to so much as get out of bed. However, through the pain and the haze that sometimes seems to take over my life, I have been able to achieve great things.

Through struggles, I have been able to make peace with areas that have caused me pain, overcome fears, and successfully fulfill personal goals. I have learned to live a healthy lifestyle that works for me.

The words of Kahlil Gibran echo my life’s pursuits: to be positive when challenges arise, to stay focused on what I have control over instead of what I don’t, and to always remember that I am in control of how I view my life. While some aspects of my life make it a larger challenge, that fact is still the same. I choose each day whether or not I am in control and I find that to be both comforting and beautiful, because no matter what the challenge is and no matter how out of my control what life give me is, I can control myself and how I view those aspects.


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