This equation is by Jack Canfield (co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul).
Outcome = Event + Response
Many people believe that it is the events around us that shape our outcomes. But it is not the things that happen to us, rather how we choose to respond to happenings that ultimately shape our outcomes. This is the fact:
“We cannot control every single thing that happens to us, but we can control how we choose to respond to it.”
There are many stories of people who were born with all kinds of handicaps and despite all the odds stacked against them, they managed to create a life most others can only dream about. When we look at things from one perspective, it may seem totally bad. However, when we change the way we look at the same thing, i.e. from a different context, the meaning completely changes. In other words, there is no meaning in life except the meaning we choose to give it.
People who succeed and live fulfilling and enriching lives don’t experience better events, they just re-present things and respond in a much more powerful way.
We can all choose to live the life we want to but we need to take responsibility for our life.