We make the reasons
Things don’t happen for a reason, Things happen at random.
Your car breaking down wasn’t a sign from the gods or the universe it was just machinery breaking.
Getting injured or fired is not a sign from the universe they are just thing that happens.
Maybe they’re not for the best but they have happened and we can look for a sign or sit and dwell, or we could just accept them for what they are random acts of life.
If you take the injury as a sign you should stop doing what caused the injury then you created that sign maybe because deep down you never really enjoyed it anyway.
Or getting fired was a sign that you should start a side hustle, once again you created that meaning because maybe you hated your job.
Life is random, anything that happens we create the reasons why for better or worse that is up to us.
The example you set
In 480bc 300 Spartans and some allies marched to Thermopylae to battle 2million persians.
They knew they could never win, they went to die so the spartans could rally their full army
But not only that they went to give the rest of the army courage
When 300 spartans could cause all that damage imagine what 10,000 could do.
They led by example to inspire the nation to win the war.
We might not always win at first but our actions can inspire others (or even ourselves) to later take action and win
Where to find motivation
You won’t find it on a map or in a treasure chest
You won’t find it in the woods
Or over a rainbow
It won’t come to you either
Motivation you find in doing what you don’t have the motivation to start.
Say its going to the gym
You might not be motivated to go
But once your there and the more you keep going the more motivated you’ll find yourself.
You may be already living the dream
Have you heard the story of the Mexican fisherman
A buisness man approached him and started quizzing him on his lifestyle
Then gave him buisness tips so he could build an empire over ten years
The Mexican asked what he would do after he did that
The buisness man told him he could fish for leisure, drink with friends and nap in the afternoon
Of which the Mexican was already doing
(Read the full story for it’s full effects)
Today we are hit with advertisements left right and Centre, we can’t avoid adverts
That tell us we need to do this, earn that and have this so that we can be happy or live the dream
Yet we could be the Mexican, we could already have and do everything we need,
We could already be living our dream
Dont let someone tell you what you should be doing, figure it out for yourself
You never know, you might already be there
And you must drink from it, like it or not
George RR Martin
Sometimes we have to take responsibility for things we shouldn’t have to do,
Maybe it was someone else’s task, but they failed or got sick or something,
The cup gets passed to us
Regardless of whether we want it not, we have to step up to the plate and take responsibility
Whether that’s acting team leader or stacking shelves, becoming head of household
We can sit and cry about it which won’t change anything or we can step up do our best and make the most out of a bad situation
We can’t control the future but we can control how we respond to it
The full dialogue from GOT (book I’ve not seen the show)
“Brandon. Yes. Brandon would know what to do. He always did. It was all meant for Brandon. You, Winterfell, everything. He was born to be a King’s Hand and a father to queens. I never asked for this cup to pass to me.”
“Perhaps not,” Catelyn said, “but Brandon is dead, and the cup has passed, and you must drink from it, like it or not.”