Life is full of uncertainties. You can never be sure what each day will bring. We can only control so much and so much is out of our control. But one thing we can control, and that is our reaction to the circumstances each day brings. Others may play a huge role in our lives, but they should never be allowed to be the dominating force in our reaction to life. Personal reactions can leave us happy or miserable much faster than circumstances.
I read the article about the mental approach to cancer and how it affects the recovery rate and or quality of life during the battle, and it brought home to me the value of personal choice. There are so many other areas of life where personal choice and attitude play a pivotal role. Marriage is another prime example. Most failed marriages are a result of personal choices gone awry. By that I mean how a person chooses to respond to the moments of disagreement or challenges to the family brought on by the vicissitudes of life. Every marriage and family faces tough times. Success or failure is not based just on the situation, but more often on how each member chooses to react to the problem.