On a recent interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor Johnathan Majors explained why he is often seen carrying a cup. For Majors the cup was a reminder that he alone controlled his life and his energy.
“Mind your cup. You’re a vessel. Nobody can fill you up and no one can pour you out. You do that yourself,” stated Majors.
Some people see life as a movie they get to watch. As observers, they believe they have no input into how the story is shaped.
It’s always someone else that is choosing the actors, writing the script, scoring the soundtrack, and scouting filming locations.
It’s really easy to watch a movie, but what happens when you don’t like the movie you are watching?
Living this way is free of responsibility, but it’s also a reactive, powerless, and hopeless mindset to have.
Other people see life as a movie they get to make. As creators, they believe they are involved in every aspect of the film.
However, there are downsides. Creating a film involves a lot of thought, time, and energy. When the film suffers setbacks, the blame falls on you and you alone. Releasing the movie opens you up to the critics who might not enjoy or think very highly of your work.
These negatives pale in comparison to all of the positives.
Being able to think about and spend time on the things you care about is fulfilling.
Mistakes are opportunities for growth and help you become stronger.
It’s easy to critique someone else’s creation, but you developed courage and boldness while daring to do something special.
Your health and your joy are in your hands, and yours alone.
Being healthy is a choice.
Being happy is a choice.
You can choose to blame others or the world for your unhappiness and complain about how much work or time it may take for your to see improvements.
But if you choose to embrace the hard work necessary to better your life, you will find success.
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