It isn't your circumstances...
It isn't your circumstances, it isn't what you're given
It's in your perspective, just how you live in-
To the world around you
Do you stop and enjoy the view
Or do you...
Succumb to a trapped state of numb?
Do as suggest and remain distressed?
Become resigned, as many are inclined?
Sit and complain, repeat the same refrain?
All of these? Tragedies.
Signs of victim-mentalities, fragmented modalities.
Unawareness shown and sewn in these causalities.
Let's cut these cords and make new normalities.
It starts here, with the words "I AM."
I am enough, I am that I am,
I am and I can be and I will what I can.
Whatever the "it" is, I can do it,
Taken down in chunks, bit by new bit.
Circumstances show me, but they don't own me.
Lessons to learn but no worry to burn
Right now it's my turn,
Only in gratitude do I yearn.
I may be broke, but I'm not broken.
I'm opened up to love, I'm woke an'
I'm interested in wisdom spoken
In silence heard beyond the jokin'.
I take off my glasses, glad I saw 'em
Take off my shoes too, better feet made raw, some-
Day I'll show, I'm in the know
By rolling with the punches, blow-by-blow,
But they're only punches if I say so
I think of them instead as opportunities to grow.
The experiences I've had
Have made me glad
From being broke at my parent's house to being a dad
These all foster resilience, both feeling happy and sad
Both being my inner child and a twenty-something lad.
If there's a circumstantial or material need,
I'm not afraid to ask or to occasionally plead
Yet most of my anxiety would greatly exceed
What's needed for my harvest where I'm not reaping seeds.
My mindset is key
My stories shape me
This is why it matters to think authorially
Redefine my circumstances, don't let them define me
Reconnect, recommit and set a new trajectory.
We've all had our challenges
Chances are we'll have more
So take these loaves and fishes and feed 250 score
Your life is simply waiting here for you to adore
What is, and give it the "what for!"
Friends, don't be merely defined by the "reality" of your circumstances. The money in the bank, or lack thereof. As someone who has undergone (and is undergoing) significant transition and circumstantial challenges, I get it. Worry is right there, waiting at my door. Anxiety could loom, if we let it. How we see the world we inhabit greatly changes how we inhabit the world.
Amidst whatever challenges and obstacles are in your path today and imminently, I wish you the quiet strength of heart to choose joy anyway. Look at all the facts and laugh. Play and enjoy the moment of life before you while the constructs of our lives remain in whatever state they're in. Reset. Change your state. Then show up in your life. Happen to it with happiness.
I'm happy to have you!