No matter what is happening around us or to us, remember that we have the freedom and power to choose our response. Endowed by our Creator, we are a force of nature; empowered to act and not just be acted upon—becoming the driver to behave in ways capable of shaping our own lives, influencing others, events, and the very circumstances we all encounter from day-to-day.
Decide to be a creator of circumstances instead of a creature of conditions; act rather than be acted upon. Assert your initiative, and be proactive rather than reactive. Take personal responsibility in living by plan (design) rather than by chance (default). "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined." –Henry D. Thoreau
Remember, “It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” … “Good habits… are the soul’s muscles; the more you use them, the stronger they grow.” –Thomas S. Monson
“At times we may feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him! Just think of it: You are known [personally] and remembered [intimately] by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time! He sees you as you are capable and designed to become. May we ever believe, trust, and understand our true eternal worth and potential.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf