We have all heard the phrase, “Victim of circumstance.” I thought about that this afternoon. The implication is that we are not the masters of our destiny but mere pawns in a game of randomness. Perhaps that has some merit. So I thought about it further as it applied to me.
On November 29, 2011 I lost my golden retriever companion, Spenser (post “The Great King”).
Had it not been for that, I would most likely not have started taking his companion, Gracie to the dog park.
Had I not have gone to the dog park with her, I would not have met the three golden retrievers who have become somewhat semi-permanent guests (post “Do Dogs Shed Tears”).
Had they not become semi-permanent guests, Gracie would most likely have continued to cling to me. Instead she has become “the leader of the pack” and if I didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy their company I would have wallowed in my self-pity over losing Spenser.
Of course, hundreds of thousands of these circumstances have brought me to where I am today – enabling all of the above to have occurred in the first place.
Whether we choose to view ourselves as helpless and victims of circumstance or take the opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons is strictly up to each of us.
May I offer you more ice for your beverage?