“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter their life by altering their attitude of mind.” – William James
This quote alongside this image reminds me of the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. In the book a boy visits a tree, at first on a regular basis, but then less and less, until there is only a visit when the boy, who now grown into a man, needs something. Over time, the tree gives the boy adventure, nourishment, shade, a boat, a place to rest. All for nothing in return. The tree gave the boy everything it had. But still, the man never seemed truly happy. It is a great book to teach selflessness. Which, doesn’t really go hand in hand with the quote, however, if you think about ruts that humans tend to get into, ruts where they can’t find happiness, it does. Until people make decisions to change, life goes on as is, and the unhappiness or emptiness stays ever present. Love and gratitude are often emotions that can, when let into the heart, make a magnitude of change within a person.