This picture of something that Octavia Butler wrote on the back cover of a spiral bound notebook has been making the rounds of the interwebs of late:
It's an excellent reminder that our thoughts and our intentions have power.
When things don't go our way, when we are unhappy, it's easy to lay blame on outside sources. We blame bad luck for things not turning out the way they should have. We envy others, and maybe even think that they have taken the opportunities that should have been ours. We think that if only we lived in a nicer home or had more time, we'd be happier and able to do all the things we want to do. It's an easy trap to fall into, but it is a trap.
The thing is, that's not really the way the world works. We know from quantum mechanics that individuals have power over the world, that the simple act of observing particles changes the way they act. You are not simply a piece of inert matter floating through life and being acted upon by outside forces. If you are reading this, then you are alive, and if you're alive then you have power. Use it for good.
Believing in your own power, is the first step in harnessing it. You must have faith in your ability to control your destiny, or it won't work. Thoughts are powerful things and if you doubt yourself or find yourself thinking pessimistically, things probably won't go too well. But if you have faith in yourself and think positive, optimistic thoughts, things will go your way.
But more than just using your power to enrich your own life and control your destiny, you should do what you can to make the world a better place. When Octavia Butler drafted her action plan, she listed the ways she would help provide opportunities for young people. Whatever your passion or interest, you can use the power you have to take action and make the world a little bit better.
So, get down to thinking or draw up your own plan, and starting thinking good things. Use your power to make the world a better place.
Alissa Grosso is a YA author, among other things. You can find out more about her and her books at alissagrosso.com.