There was once a blind girl who didn’t like herself because she was blind. She was bitter and despised all people except her boyfriend who was always there for her. One day she told him, “If I could just see the world I’d marry you.” Then it happened, someone donated a pair of eyes to her, the transplant was a success, and she could see everything, including her boyfriend. “Would you now marry me?” he asked her. But when the girl looked at him and saw that he was blind, the sight of his closed eyelids was just too much for her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life was just too much for her to bear, so she said no, and he left in tears. Days later he wrote her a note: “Take good care of your eyes, my love, for before they were yours, they were mine.”

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.  Helen Keller

When your status changes, do you change? Do you use life situations as an excuse for your poor behavior? Life’s dynamics reveal your true character. People and circumstances don’t make you act in a way you are not; they uncover the content of your character. Do you like the manner with which you conduct yourself when your world swirls?

Spiritual Contemplation: Take a look at a time when your response to a circumstance elicited a behavior you are less than proud of. Choose a manner of behavior you would prefer to respond with next time that button gets pushed and impress it on your subjective.

Affirmation: I respond to life’s dynamics from a high place.

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