“In every situation, you can get something out of it if you’re strong enough emotionally to look past the fact you do have the right to be hurt…but you know what, let me put my hurt aside for a minute and see what I can get from the situation.” -DMX
[SIDEBAR: We go through challenges for a myriad of reasons. If we’re fortunate, we learn what those reasons are and absorb the collateral lessons. That is how we grow, and how we are placed in the right places at the right times.]
“The question isn’t, ‘Can you handle the situation?’ The question is, ‘Can you handle your mind?’ Can you handle the thoughts and the emotions that are trying to poison your progress? Forget managing the situation, manage your mind; Training your mind to sit calmly in the edge of the storm.” -Will Smith
“Keep constantly in mind that the job of your creative mechanism is to respond appropriately to present environment- here and now. Many times, if we do not ‘stop and think’ about this, we continue to react automatically to some past environment. We do not react to the present moment, and the present situation, but to some similar event out of the past. In short we do not react to reality- but t a fiction. Full recognition of this, and realization of what you’re doing, can frequently bring about an amazingly quick ‘cure.’” -From, “Psycho-Cybernetics” By: Maxwell Maltz
[SIDEBAR: Living in the wicked chaos of the NYC shelter system means that you have to adapt to living in dangerous conditions and comply with unreasonable, counterproductive, and unnatural rules. It is not easy to shake-off the behaviors you have to take on to survive in the shelter system once you finally escape it.
For example, after leaving the shelter system, you may find yourself mentally limiting what you allow yourself to achieve during the day because you are still scheduling your goals around the limitations that you have been previously forced to adapt to. To shake-off the unnatural way of life I was forced to adapt to while homeless, I’ve contemplated the aforementioned quote.]