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Sunday, November 01, 2020

I've been focused on a quote by Viktor Frankel lately:

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

It is the difficulty in situations that can bring out either the worst or the best in all of us. How do you handle the things you cannot change?

Do you just get angry?

Do you give up?

Some of us change what it means. According to Tony Robbins, some of the people inside concentration camps during WWII were able to take that horrific situation and turn it into a reason to live.

Some of us change the rules. Captain Kirk of Star Trek had the amazing ability to change the rules starting with the Kobayashi Maru (a no-win scenario) throughout his long naval career. Call him nothing more than a character if you like, I’ve known many people with a similar mindset. These are the people I want on my side!

Do you bend and not break? “The green reed that bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” – Confucius Sometimes all we can do is hang on for dear life and wait for something to pass without allowing it to break us.

Do you even think about these choices before you make them? Remember, you always have the choice of how you respond to a situation.
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    I was always told you either bend or break. I chose to bend.
    Your blog is thought provoking and so meaningful right now. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    231 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I have often been impulsive and my decisions were not always wise. However, I know that I can change my behavior even if the decision is wrong. I am able to bend and go forward as I want.
    232 days ago
    Being a *reed* in Celtic tree lore, is a protective. Reeds were used as thatch for rooftops. Many talismans and charms (believed to protect one from evil) were made with reeds. Mats woven out of reeds gave floors a sweet smell, so reeds became a cleansing for the home. Druids used reeds to make writing implements and paper, so reeds linked to knowledge, scholarship and wisdom. Healers used reeds as tools but warriors used reeds weapons of death, so reeds became the sign of both death and healing. Because the reed is associated with death, between October 28th and November 24th, time of Samhain, reeds are strong when doors to Otherworlds dissolve, allowing souls (past and present) a joining time. Reeds also make woodwind instruments for beautiful music in our lives.

    Thank you for describing the elasticity of reeds!! May I bend and not break!!
    232 days ago
    Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us! Definitely ideas to think about.
    232 days ago
    interesting thought
    232 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    emoticon I needed this message today. Thank you for sharing these reminders that to change what we can, including ourselves.
    233 days ago
    Thank you for the comments. We may hate the challenges that happen to us and they do ultimately make us stronger.
    233 days ago
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    We all have choices to make. We cannot change our genetics but we have control over our behavior and how we react to situations. This shows our true strength.
    233 days ago
    Someone was just telling me how it is important not to help a chick escape the egg, or the butterfly escape the chrysalis...these skills make them strong. The sunflowers I staked and supported were weaker than the sunflowers pushed around by the wind. A lesson to be learned! And for parents ... don’t do your children’s homework!
    Nicely presented blog - food for thought. Thank you!
    233 days ago
    I like to weight all my choices and pray ask for the LORD's help
    233 days ago
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