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You are greater than your circumstances

Sunday January 27’s Affirmations for the Daily Love were:

I am stronger than my circumstance.

I am here to solve the problems I see in the world.

I am here to be an example of Love.

And as I talked with friends this week, I was amazed by how many of my friends have felt bogged down recently. Overly stressed. Under-appreciated. Dealing with family medical issues or other dramas. Recovering from illnesses and surgeries. Freaking out over work. Friends feeling like failures. Friends overwhelmed by success. Basically, people being all over the place and feeling overwhelmed in some way by their circumstances. Even me!

And it’s one of those things.

We have to pause.

We have to remember.

No matter what is going on, no matter how zany things may come to pass (both the success and the failures), WE ARE NOT OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

How often do we forget that?

Moreover, we are not our circumstances AND we can consciously change the way we react to our circumstances.  As Mastin Kipp’s affirmation stated, “I am here to solve the problems I see in the world.” Okay, so maybe we can’t solve all the problems we see. (I wish I could! However, my good friend reminded me yesterday that, sometimes, people don’t want them to solve their problems/have you help them on the right path. Or they may just not be ready yet…)

But we can always change our attitude.

Maya Angelou says it best:

via lifehack.org

We can always deal with the icky circumstances. The uncomfortable. The bad. The good. The whatever it may be. One way or another. If it is within our power, we can work to change the problem.  If it is not within our power, we can work to change our personal attitude.  These are our options. We do not have to be miserable. We do not have to become the negative that may make up a part of our daily circumstances. We are not our circumstances.

As I said in my recent post Emerge Into Happiness “You can shift that negativity. You can emerge into your own happiness. Feel the negativity, really let yourself experience it, and then allow yourself to move to the feeling that comes AFTER negativity.”  Don’t let negative circumstances, your job, your bank account, your debt, disease, whatever it may be bring you down.

via behappy.me

Choose to greet those circumstances with love and compassion. As the last Sunday TDL affirmation said, “I am here to be an example of love.”

When life is getting you down, meet life’s problems with love.

To set yourself free, you must be greater than your circumstances. You must acknowledge the problem, acknowledge how it makes you feel, and do your best to react with joy and compassion.

I have a sticky note on my desk that reads:


My sticky note reminds me that, no matter the challenges the day may bring, I am still love. I am still joy. I am still light.

If you can change your circumstances that you don’t like, do so! If you can’t change it (or don’t yet know how to change it), work to change your attitude like the amazing Miss Maya Angelou suggests!  Take a step back. Meditate if you can. Write in a journal. Do whatever it takes to find the pause. Pause and then re-emerge with positivity. Greet the problem with love, joy, and light and you will always rise above your circumstances.

Do you allow your circumstances to control you? Or are you able to retain your YOU-ness and connect to your deeper identity? 


  • Running Betty

    January 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

    your title says it all! I tell my girls about high school bitchiness: “you can’t change others, only how you react to others” all the time.

    Don’t let anyone disturb your peace πŸ™‚

  • Mindys fitness journey

    January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Yes!!! Thank you! I needed this today!

  • erin

    January 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Maya Angelou is wise!

  • flying yogini

    January 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    this is a life practice.. but a good one!

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl}

    January 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    This is a great reminder! Complaining is natural, but of course it doesn’t get us anywhere. Best to try to keep a positive attitude!

  • Jenny

    January 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    What a great post, and so timely as I had a bout with a “mean girl” on Facebook this evening. Thanks for the reminder that I am the one in control….

  • Anne ~ Freedom Yoga

    February 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Sweet post!