Victim or Victor?


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By Gregory T. Anderson | September 1, 2009

Whose life is it anyway? Will you release yours into the hands of someone who doesn’t care whether you succeed or not? If that’s you, stop it! Nobody owes you anything. Whatever you find your hands doing . . . that’s the only way you will eat. The other day, I saw a man holding a sign up to his chest. He was strategically standing at a stop sign in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. As I drove by, his back was towards me so I couldn’t see what his sign said, but it couldn’t have been any different than the other ones I’ve seen. As I passed by, I began a mental dialogue: “What a way to live.” “Waiting for someone else to ‘Make it happen’ for them.” The message became clearer as he faded in my rearview mirror: Nobody is responsible for you except . . . well, you. That’s it. Stop waiting for others to give you something and go get it yourself. That may sound harsh to some, but it is precisely this dose of medicine that can cure an ailment of this kind. Question. Do you want to be a victim or a victor? One of the great things about life is that you get to choose which one you want to be. I’ve heard about people losing their homes to foreclosure, losing jobs without cause, being accused of crimes they didn’t commit, and many other life-changing events. But, even in these circumstances, it is critical not to look upon ourselves as victims. It’s time to get up, stop feeling sorry for ‘you know who’ and do something about it. Stop waiting for mama or daddy to do it. Stop waiting for the boss to pat you on the back. Grab the reins of your own life, steer them towards your destiny like never before and enjoy the ride because victory starts . . . when you do!