Favorite Quotations… What Do They Say
by Bill Parks
Have you stopped to think what your favorite quotes are saying about you and your life
How you relate to them? How they relate to you?
Today… I decided to take one of my favorite quotes and see how it applies to me. You may want
to do the same thing.
This quote by Louis L’Amour is one of my favorites…
“Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in
the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of
his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame their parents, their race, their
times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, “This I
am today; that I will be tomorrow.”
I can look back and see how my life was shaped by early environment, heredity and changes in
the world around me.
My life was shaped by my parents, friends, schools, experiences, injuries, where I lived, moves I
made, and treatment from others, all had an effect on me.
Some experiences affected me deeply. Some of these emotional feelings remain with me and
affected me later in my life.
There came a time when I realized I control my own reality with my thinking, imagination, ideas
and actions. What I think about and focus on creates my reality. My thoughts and imagination
cause my actions. So I began to shape my life. Knowing, I control what I can DO…BE… and
That’s when I made the most progress in my life, when my ambitions and goals came to the
surface. I decided what I wanted to do with my life. Many times these were goals and dreams I
had at an early age.
Sometimes, my early goals and desires faded into the background, but were still in my memory.
I know people who habitually blame parents, environmment, race, color, location or anything
else they can think of except… where the blame should be… On them!
No one else is to blame… I take responsibility for the good and the bad in my life, because, I
create my own reality. It’s a weak person who blames everything on somebody or something
The things I put off are my own fault. I can’t blame others, or my environment for not taking an
action… because, now I see clearly…
I Create My Own Reality!
My point of power is Now… Today! I can’t change the past. The present moment is where I can
make changes for my future. My thoughts, imagination, ideas and actions today, create my
I become what I think about all day long. That determines what I will do, be, and have tomorrow
and in the future. I create it!… I’m responsible for the good and the bad. What I focus on
becomes my reality. That’s true for any and all areas of my life.
And… I believe it and accept it!
Bill Parks… Computer Consultant, specializing in Filemaker Pro database design. Publisher of
“Information Age Products Ezine” and “Bill’s Business Boosters Ezine.” http://www.Build-UR-
Business.com And… http://www.InfoAgePro.com