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Beating the Odds

Circumstances and You

Have you heard the commercial that begins, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing?”

I’m not even sure what the commercial is selling (probably clothing), but it reminds me of what they say in Juneau, Alaska, where it rains an average of 220 days per year. “You never cancel anything because of the weather, because if you did, you would never get to do anything.”

Both the commercial and the Juneau natives are really describing a battle between circumstances and response. In life, there will always be circumstances. The only question is how you respond.

There will always be injuries. How will you respond?

There will be victory. How will you respond?

There will be defeat. How will you respond?

People in Juneau refuse to let the circumstances (weather) dictate their plans. They go ahead regardless.

Phil Rizzuto is a baseball player who never let circumstances get in the way of his dream to be a big-leaguer. He stood only 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed only 150 pounds, and was constantly told he was too small to even be considered for the major leagues. Today he is in the Hall of Fame.

Jerry Rice was not a particularly fast runner by NFL standards, but some people believe he is the greatest wide receiver in league history.

So your destiny will always be a product of two things: What happens to you, and how you respond.

It doesn’t matter what the weather is; it only matters what you will wear!


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