Sometimes CIRCUMSTANCES TOTALLY RUIN Your Plans!
But, I’m curious…Have you ever looked at the root of the word CIRCUMSTANCE before?
It comes from the Latin circum, meaning “around,” and stare, which means “stand.”
The origin of circumstance is literally to “stand around.”
Letting all of the CIRCUMSTANCES that surround us dictate our happiness or lack thereof?
When we are PRISONERS of circumstance, we are in fact making the CHOICE to stand around…
We STAND AROUND waiting for someone to save the day…
To make something happen for us…
To give us the answers…
To change the environment or the players or the ENTIRE GAME!
Believe me, I know this mode well, it was my DEFAULT for the first 30 years of my life (don’t be jealous, I was a PRO Prisoner)!
There is no intentionality or purpose when we are JUST standing around.
There is only passivity, disappointments and hope – not to be confused with OPTIMISM, which is actually a VERY active way of being.
“I hope that either my job becomes less demanding or my family becomes okay with not seeing me as often.”
“I trust that one day my work will speak for itself and my ideal clients will magically appear.”
“I pray that the perfect partner effortlessly falls in my lap, and we live happily ever after!”
And when all of those HOPES become our beliefs, the only thing left to lean on is…
YOU guessed it…CIRCUMSTANCE!
But there is another way!
The PRISON BREAK that leads to the way of the SELF-LEADER!
The MOMENT-BY-MOMENT choice to INTENTIONALLY LIVE by a mantra I wrote when I started this journey: “CREATIVITY IS GREATER THAN CIRCUMSTANCE”…
Or in other words, there is NO circumstance that can ever stand up to the human spirit when it is full of enthusiasm, creativity, possibilities and joy!
We are all born with an equal ability to BE that…
The difference is whether we CHOOSE to exercise it or not…
So what’ll it be?
“Standing Around” on the sidelines?
Or “Playing the Game” on the field?