In the process of living, the winds of circumstance blow on us all in an unending flow that touches each of our lives.
The same circumstances happens to us all. We have all experienced the blowing winds of disappointment, despair and heartbreak. We all have reversals and those moments when, in spite of our best plans and efforts, things just seem to fall apart. Challenging circumstances are not events reserved for the poor and the destitute. The rich and he poor have children who get into trouble. The rich and the poor have marital problems. The rich and the poor have the same challenges that can lead to financial ruin and personal despair.
Why, then, would each of us, in our own individual ship of life, all beginning at the same point, with the same intended destination in mind, arrive at such different places at the end of the journey?
Have we not sailed upon the same sea? Have we not all been blown by the same winds of circumstance? Have we not been buffeted by the same turbulent storms of discontent?
What guides us to different destinations in life is determined by the way we have chosen to set our sail. The set of sail, how we think and respond, has a greater capacity to destroy our lives than any challenges we face. How quickly and responsively we act to adversity is far more important than the adversity itself.
In the final analysis, it is not what happens that determine the quality of our lives, it is what we choose to do when we have struggled to set the sail and then discover, after all our efforts, that the wind has changed direction. Once we discipline ourselves to understand this, we will finally and willingly conclude that the great challenge of life is to control the process of our thinking.
The way that each of us thinks and responds makes the major difference in where each of us arrives. The major difference is not circumstance. The major difference is the set of sail.