Something my mom continues to remind me, “Time and unforeseen occurrences befall us all.” Ecclesiastes 9:11.

Your significant other, to whom you’ve invested so much of yourself and time tells you, “It’s not you it’s me.” Maybe the job you thought was going to be so amazing, turned out to be just that, amazing but it’s the people you work with who aren’t so amazing. What if you’ve finally saved up some money only to have your car breakdown. It’s repair will cost, you guessed it, just about as much as you’ve saved.

You can’t change the past, you can’t change people and you can’t change the present (the moment), what you can change is your attitude toward the past, the people and the present moment. In this regard you can influence what’s really important, your future. Take responsibility for your situation. Not in the sense that you caused it but that you are responsible for your response to your given circumstance. As Stephen Covey said you are, “response-able” meaning you can be proactive and choose your response to your given situation. What I’ve learned and encourage is to never give away that power. Never allow a person or situation the power to dictate your mood or your future. My friend Kelsey would say, “They keep bring the rain but I’m just going to continue to shine.”

Make it your resolve today to shine.

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