A good pair of sandals is what we need…
As we walk upon the roads of life, one may try to avoid sharp thorns and stones by maintaining vigilance and cautiousness. Another may attempt to carpet the entire world so the surface is smooth and soft. The simple man will make use of a good pair of sandals.
This parable is old but the message is clear: adversity is part of life, being a victim a matter of choice. It’s not about what happens TO you but rather what happens FOR you. Your are free to choose, perceive and act accordingly.
Generally, most of us believe the source of any problem is found outside of oneself. This attitude inevitably results in grief. If the source of a problem is perceived as external then one immediately employs blame which generates hostility, aggression, fear, envy and other such emotions.