“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Good morning, friends. I hope your day has begun well. Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, so get your green ready!
Steven Covey was a world famous thinker. He was the author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, which has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages. He has credibility and today’s quote is typical of his work.
Today’s quote makes me think of a snail. In the best of times a snail isn’t a fast creature, yet what chance does it have to move far carrying around that shell? I know, I know, the shell provides security, so the metaphor isn’t perfect. Still, I wonder, what shells do we carry that hinder, not help, our forward moving lives?
As a minister I am privy to many life stories and a consistent theme is the shell of circumstances. I don’t need to list them for you; we all have our circumstances, past and present. We have physical circumstances, social ones, psychological ones, genetic ones, all kinds of ones. We are what we are because of the choices we have made to this point, and we are perfectly designed to continue on our current course unless we… change something.
That seems to be the point. Circumstances are descriptions of the past and current course. If you are happy with your current course in all ways, then by all means change nothing, at least as long as you can. But if you want something else for yourself, a new course, a nuanced course, a completely different course, etc, then new decisions must be made that alter your circumstances. There’s no guarantee that your outcomes will be achieved if you make new decisions, but there is every guarantee nothing will happen if you do… nothing.
Some people, I have found, take comfort in the shells they carry. Some people prefer the excuses their shells offer. And some people are living so deep in their shells they simply cannot see the beautiful outside world. If you want something different for yourself what are you willing to do to get it? Will you risk a bold decision, or a new direction? Will you risk anything to shed that shell that hinders you? I pray you can see a beautiful new direction for your life and I have faith you can make the decisions that take you there. Try one, then another, and then another, and see how it goes, living outside the shell! And have a great week!