April 22nd, 2010
I decided that I was feeling up for a little run today, so I packed my running stuff so that I could run around the College after work.
Shortly after my run I started to let my mind get to me: it’s hot, this is boring, I’m thirsty, I just want to stop, I’m sick, I suck at running.
I could feel the circumstances starting to overcome me. I had told myself so many reasons to stop running, but deep down I didn’t want my run to defeat me. So I made a decision to drive to a local park and run on one of the most beautiful trails available to me!
I made the decision to make the best in the situation. I had a chance to overcome the circumstances, clear my head, and do some thinking.
I thought about one of my favorite quotes:
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
Today I chose to overcome my circumstances, I changed my attitude. I chose happiness.
I tackled 4 miles with an average pace of 9:41!
Do you know people who suffer under their circumstances? They take no ownership for for who they are and what they do. I did it because… I had no choice…
Are you like that?
I know the tendency is to surrender to the things that seem to be bigger than us. It is so easy to be defined by the unfortunate circumstances that occur during our lives. But the truth is that we always have a choice. While we may have no control over what happens to us, we always have a choice in how we respond and we always have control over our attitude.
Being the nerd that I am, I remembered the conversation between Gandalf and Frodo in “The Fellowship of the Ring” but Tolkien.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
No person, no situation, no circumstance can dictate whether or not we are happy or content. While I was running I realized that my natural tendency is to give up, but it’s Christ’s power that enables me to rise above the challenges that I’m faced with. What a blessing because if the power rested with me, I’d give up and give in every time.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Are you proactive or reactive? Are you defined by your circumstances or do you define them? Do you choose happiness?