“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”
Hey girls! It’s GirlMogul Poppy, and I found this great quote to talk about this week! It’s from the revered Martha Washington. Now, you may think you’ve never heard of her, but I bet you that you have! Martha Washington was the very first First Lady of the United States, and the wife of former president George Washington. She was the woman representing the first government of the United States, and had a very important job. To read about all that she has done for the country, click here.
Martha Washington makes a really important point in this quotation. Things happen in life, and ultimately, we cannot always control our circumstances. Often, we think that bad circumstances dictate how bad our life is. This can range from something small, like getting a bad grade on your test, to something much bigger, like a real family tragedy. But, through everything, Martha points out that it is not these specific circumstances that determine how happy we are in life. In fact, she points out that how we deal with them makes us happy or unhappy. If you get a bad grade on a test, you can be down about it, or you can take a proactive stance and just make sure you study in order to do better next time. If you sulk about it, of course you will be unhappy. If you decide to do something about it, you may be sad for a little while, but will eventually move on and be happy with life. So remember, GirlMoguls, your dispositions and reactions dictate your happiness, not the circumstances you find yourself in!