Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Overcome The Inevitable

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me."
Ann Landers

Trouble comes to us all. Some people wait until it occurs before reacting, while other's borrow its possible torment as if there were an installment plan and they wanted to get a few payments ahead. Some even invite it into reality by a conviction so powerful that it creates itself just to prove them right.
Putting a burden upon yourself that life may not ever ask you to carry is senseless. Creating the very thing you dread is foolish. Expecting to be trouble free is unrealistic, but waiting to face it until it occurs means if or when it does come you will have the energy to face it and strength enough to overcome it.
Holding your head up is the smart way to face things, because getting blindsided is almost impossible when you keep the your chin up. The troubles we have do not have to define who we are unless we assign them that role. Some problems are solvable, others are beyond our control, but all can be overcome in some fashion. Change what you can, accept what you cannot, give only what is demanded when it is demanded, and travel on past it with as much grace as possible.
Lead it, do not simply go where it tosses you. Step on its neck, leap over its fangs, and let it move you forward with a strength you did not possess before its occurrence. Use it as an exercise in control; by directing your reaction you will loosen its hold and in that way be its master. If something cannot be mastered in one way it can be in another, all it takes is a gentle twist of attitude and a fierce determination to be more than the sum of all the bad things that ever happened to you.