Once upon a time, I thought that my thoughts, beliefs and attitudes were the major determiners of my life. The typical sayings were such things as: speak your word and the universe moves, I have dominion over my life, etc.
There are a lot of problems with these points of view. With billions of people speaking billions of words, many of them contradictory, only chaos would be possible. Then there is the guilt. If I totally determine my life, then what was I thinking to make this illness or this financial disaster or......?
Today, my understanding is a bit different. I know my tboughts, beliefs and attitudes have a great effect on how I experience/interpret life and on how others respond to me. But I also realize other forces play upon my life. My energies sort of bump into the energies of others. There are soul lessons, there are spiritual experiences, there are disasters not of my own making such as terrible weather, there are needs and desires of others, there are national and global happenings, there are a myriad of surprises.
What I am in charge of Is my own inner and outer speaking, actions and reactions, attitudes, interpretations of what is happening and have happened, and how I come to each day. Am I spiritually grounded and prepared? Am I forgiving and giving? Am I being my best self?