I love this quote because it reminds me (and I do need reminding) that what is going on outside of me does not have to be reflected inside of me. There is chaos in the world, and there is a lot of anger and hurt and division right now. However, I can do what I can in order to change that by writing about it and by sending letters and signing petitions. But, if I want to live a life that is not full of stress and worry, I really need to put up boundaries and leave it all outside my mind.
It’s taken me a long time to realize that, and I longer I try to put the focus on what I can do, and what I can’t do the more peaceful I feel. No amount of brooding I do is going to change others. Focus on what you can do, change what you can, and make yourself the best you can be. Yes, be active with what you can do for the outside world, but don’t make yourself crazy by letting that be your only focus. You can’t change the world, but you can influence and change your life. Work on that, and hopefully your change will ripple outward and touch the rest of your world.