There are two things in life which, if left uncontrolled, will push you down a hill and laugh at the bruises you suffer.
These are your reactions and actions.
Both of these are the total summary of who you are at this very moment in time. Every reaction and action has led to now. They also directly determine where you will be in the future.
So, it's lucky that you control them both utterly and completely.
No one can control how you perceive the world. No one can control your actions. You are in charge. You are responsible. Completely.
REACTION - Your perceptions become your reality.
You don't always get what you wish for, but you get what you expect.
It's a 'glass half empty, glass half full' approach. How do you perceive the world? Because, how you perceive it is exactly how it is. We create our own reality.
This could come down to optimism. Being able to focus on the good rather than the bad begins to train your brain to naturally do so. It gets easier to notice all the good. This soon becomes upward spiral of gratitude and mindfulness.
How you react to situations determines your physiological and mental response. Do you react immediately based on emotion, or are you able to take a breath, consider the options and react accordingly.
Being busy is often a perception from lack of prioritisation and planning. Perceiving all things as equal will lead to you spread extremely thin, sometimes beyond breaking point.
As Charles Swindoll once said, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."
...but I believe it's 100% your reaction. You are in control.
ACTION - You are the summary of all your past decisions and actions.
Where you're at right this very second is a result of the decisions you made in the past. We are products of what we repeatedly do, and if you want to change your outcome, you have to change your daily actions.
Right now, at this very moment, you are everything you have ever done.
If this is the case, every action you take matters. Every single one of them. Actions (and inactions) have consequences, and consequences have consequences. There is no way around it, you must be aware of your actions. You are in control.
Imagine your future self in five years time. If every single action of your past has led you to where you are now, every action from now until then will determine where you end up.
With that in mind, what little things can you do now which will improve your future. Each will take you down a different path. They all matter.
And, at the end of the day, you’re responsible for yourself. No one can do the work for you. Only you can control your reactions and actions.
There's no denying that every reaction, perception, decision and action makes you who you are.
They are your essence.
They matter on a level so immense that your life depends on them.
So, take them by the balls.