Are you committed?


Today’s blog post was snagged from Tim Ferriss’ newsletter. You can find the whole post via this link. But below is the part that stood out and inspired me to share.

Our lives are shaped not by our conditions, but by our decisions. If you look back on the last 5 or 10 years I’d be willing to bet that you can recall a decision or two that has truly changed your life. Maybe it was a decision about where to go to school, what profession to pursue, or who you chose to love or marry. Looking back on it now, can you see how radically different your life would be today if you had made a different decision? These and so many other decisions determine the direction of your life and can change your destiny.

So what’s the biggest decision you can make in your life right now? In the past, I would have told you that what matters most is who you decide to spend your time with, who you decide to love. After all, the company you keep will powerfully shape who you become.

But over the last two years, my thinking has evolved. What I’ve come to realize is that the single most important decision in life is this: Are you committed to being happy, no matter what happens to you?

To put this another way, will you commit to enjoying life not only when everything goes your way but also when everything goes against you, when injustice happens, when someone screws you over, when you lose something or someone you love, or when nobody seems to understand or appreciate you? Unless we make this definitive decision to stop suffering and live in a beautiful state, our survival minds will create suffering whenever our desires, expectations, or preferences are not met. What a waste of so much of our lives!

This is a decision that can change everything in your life, starting today. But it’s not enough just to say that you’d like to make this change or that your preference is to be happy no matter what. You have to own this decision, do whatever it takes to make it happen, and cut off any possibility of turning back. If you want to take the island, you have to burn the boats. You have to decide that you’re 100% responsible for your state of mind and for your experience of this life.

What it really comes down to is drawing a line in the sand today and declaring, “I’m done with suffering. I’m going to live every day to the fullest and find juice in every moment, including the ones I don’t like, BECAUSE LIFE IS JUST TOO SHORT TO SUFFER.”


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2 responses to “Are you committed?

  1. Tam

    Greetings, Aimee! I’ve enjoyed so many Tim Ferris podcasts; this excerpt is wonderful–perfectly and beautifully expressed. I’ve been realizing, lately, how completely uninterested I am in creating suffering. And, how ENTIRELY it rests with me to nurture the inner climate–to deeply tune in to kindness, presence, beauty, gentleness… I’m finding that when this is happening internally, whatever is going on outwardly is so naturally taken care of.

    Thank you so much for sharing this–will be rereading it in the coming week. Your Sunday offerings are always a weekend highlight! (Your note to self post a few weeks ago made me smile so much!)

    Hope you are really well,


    • Tam! :) Oh my goodness, it took me forever to reply to your comment. I’ll say more about it and email you directly. But wow! You said this so beautifully–> “nurture the inner climate”. I had to pause on your words. I’ve never heard it expressed like that before. I absolutely agree. You have encapsulated the experience and process. I believe that process/practice is the secret to life. :) To being lived and being oneself and being happy (unconditionally content).

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