There is one thing that sets human’s apart from the animal kingdom- self awareness. We have the unique ability to think about our values, our choices and even the power to change them. Between stimuli and response is the unique ability to choose that response.
I admit this is very hard to accept emotionally, especially if we have had years and years of explaining our misery in the name of circumstance or someone else’s behavior. but until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”
-Stephen R. Covey