A cause is WHY something happens. An effect is WHAT happens. I’d hate to break it to you, but luck isn’t always going to be on your side. So, do you believe in luck or do you believe in cause and effect? Which motto do you live by? What seeds are you planting in your life? Intention and determination are overlooked far too much when reflecting about life and why we might be feeling unhappy.
You’re free to make any choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice. Mindfulness helps you slow down and learn to make decisions and take action based off of deep thought and consideration. Doing this helps minimize surprises and questions about why something happened the way it did.
For example, if you’re trying to lose weight and eat healthy and you continue to make unhealthy choices and not exercise, you will not achieve your goal. If you set your mind straight and take appropriate action, cause and effect will produce the results you wish to gain. It sounds very simple, but it’s human nature to blame external factors and disregard our own intentions when analyzing cause and effect. Crazy, right? Think about all the good things that could come our way if we just accepted that we have control over our own life and destiny. That the choices we make bring the outcomes they deserve. I love this quote by Viktor E. Frankl, Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Life is sure to bring a few upsets and disappointments, but it’s how we navigate through these bumps in the road that matters the most. One way to do so is to look inside yourself and change your attitude so you are able to stay grounded and focused as you move forward. If you want happiness and joy in your daily life you need to be mindful of the decisions you make, accept responsibility for your own actions and acknowledge that there will always be consequences.
So ask yourself, what is the first thing you think about in the morning? What thoughts and actions are you generating throughout the day? What is the last thing on your mind at night? Simply put, what seeds are you planting? Cause and effect is real and it will control you if you don’t control it.