I loved today's Abe quote:
Tell everyone you know: "My happiness depends on me, so you're off the hook." And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they're doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel—and then, you'll love them all. Because the only reason you don't love them, is because you're using them as your excuse to not feel good.
Excerpted from a workshop in Asheville, NC on Saturday, April 30th, 2005
What power that bestows upon us! It makes me wonder why we sometimes find being powerless MORE attractive. I know there are still areas of my life where I claim the victim role and have yet to move into full ownership. It is a process. But why is that so attractive? Feeling good and being RESPONSIBLE for feeling good.. FEELS GOOD! And when you stop requiring things of others, projecting needs onto others because you are HANDLING THOSE YOURSELF... that is a powerful place to be, and one which commands respect.