Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Circumstance of the world

I was checking out Foxnews.com today and read several stories: 41 beached whales that were shot because there wasn’t a way to get them back in the ocean, an ice skating rink in Germany that collapsed and killed six children; coal miners trapped and maybe dead in WV; two Mormon missionaries shot, one dead, in VA.
I read the whale story last and flippantly thought “It isn’t a good day to be a whale.” This produced a chain of thoughts in my mind: It’s a bad day to be a coal miner, or a Mormon missionary, or an ice skater, or a whale lover, or a Notre Dame fan, or a Georgia fan, or an Auburn fan….
It seems to me there are no good days unless you make it such; there is always an excuse for misery. There are individuals who will always find themselves at the short end of the stick, not because of circumstance but because of attitude.

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations. And man, therefore, as the Lord and master of thought, is the maker of himself, the shaper and author of environment.” As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

What circumstance are you in? me? the world?...Why?