We Are The Decisive Element

Words are powerful vessels. In a heartbeat they can transport us from
one state of consciousness to another. As some of you may have noticed,
I love what words are capable of igniting inside of us: a fresh
awareness, an undiluted insight, or a shift in perception that can
subtly or dramatically alter the course of our life. Pick almost any day
of the week and you will find me talking with a group of coaching
students over a bridge line, lecturing in front of an audience, coaching
someone on my radio show or writing down the words that just may take
shape in my next book. I'm infinitely turned on by how words - whether
spoke, written, whispered or sung - can connect us and awaken us. I'm
grateful that they serve to remind us of the unbelievably miraculous
opportunity that life is in every moment.

With that said, I'm especially excited to share someone else's words
with you this week - poetic straight talk from the great German novelist
and philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. At this remarkable time on
our planet, his personal reflections on self-responsibility - a
breathtaking level of responsibility, I must say - are a timeless
invitation for us all:

"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive

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.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is
escalated or de-escalated,

and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they
are capable of becoming."

- Goethe, 1749-1832

Debbie Ford


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