Puzzles, Scrabble, The Last Dance and then Trivia. Well, maybe not in any prescribed order but there seems to be some kind of evening entertainment.   The trivia quote was who said: (Don’t google it.  Remember, we are all winners.)   “I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
Without hesitation one blurted out Florence Nightingale, another Victor Frankl and the final response after a thoughtful pause Yogi Berra. (He never wins)  The sound of the buzzer went off.   (Click here and then scroll down for correct answer)

The quote lingered and sounded familiar to me. It’s not so much the words as much as the message which seems relevant and significant. Perhaps it’s an epiphany that has emerged. I get to choose how I respond to the circumstance of my live.  I have the power to choose my attitude and actions. I remember a friend saying something like, “No one can make me feel foolish. I can only do that to myself.”  I and you have the power to choose how or how not to respond. Victor Frankl did say: “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

If you choose to be negative or unhealthy regarding a situation or experience, remind yourself that it’s your choice.  It’s always your choice.  In our continued journey through COVID-19 or wherever the path takes you, it is worth remembering and valuing that you always get to choose your response.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:11-13
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Reflection Questions:
What makes you content?
What do you have plenty of?
When did you choose an unhealthy response to a situation or experience?

Holy God, keep me mindful of the choices I make and guide me toward a path of contentment. Let me so deeply trust you that when it seems not possible or simply impossible, I still choose faithfulness. Amen.

Answer: Martha Washington



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