This is one of my top 10 favorite meditations, especially when things are just not going the way "I" think they should. In other words, when I forget who's in charge.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
How awesome is our power, personally, to choose our situation and our responses to any situation, to every situation. We will feel only how we choose to feel, no matter the circumstance. Happiness is as free an option as sorrow.
Perceiving our challenges as opportunities for positive growth rather than stumbling blocks in our path to success is a choice readily available. What is inevitable-a matter over which we have no choice-is that difficult times, painful experiences will visit us. We can, however, greet them like welcome guests, celebrating their blessings on us and the personal growth they inspire.
No circumstance demands suffering. Every circumstance has a silver lining. In one instance you may choose to feel self-pity; in the next, gladness.
We do not always feel confident about our choices, even when we accept the responsibility for making them. Prayer and meditation, guidance from God, can help us make the right choices every time.
I will relish my freedom to choose, to feel, to act. I and only I can take it away.
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