do circumstances rule you?

Time and time again circumstances flood into our lives and rob it of happiness.   That could be a true statement if you let your circumstances determine your level of happiness.

Circumstances are events that happen, in of themselves they have no emotion, no anger, no fear, and no power unless we grant the circumstance power over us, over our attitude, over our joy, and over our lives.  How many people do you know that have experienced some event and have kept that event alive in their heart as if it happened minutes ago?   Circumstances don’t control us unless we let them.

An ancient fable illustrates how we can overcome our circumstances,

The Bat and the Weasels

A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life.  The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds.  The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus was set free.  Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel, whom he likewise entreated not to eat him.  The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice.  The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time escaped.

It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.

What circumstance is controlling you?

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