“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
Once upon a time there was an alcoholic who had two sons. One son looked at his father and thought, When I grow up, I’m going to be just like my father. The other son looked at his father and thought, When I grow up, I will not be at all like my father. Surely enough, the first son grew up to be an alcoholic just like his father, and surely enough, the second son grew up and never touched an alcoholic drink his entire life.
What was the difference between the two sons? The difference was in what they believed. The son who became an alcoholic believed he had no control over his life. The son who remained sober believed he did have control over his life. The alcoholic son believed he was a victim of circumstances. The sober son believed he was a victor over circumstances. The son who became an alcoholic believed he was doomed by his past. The second son who remained sober believed that his past had no power over him unless he gave it power.
In short, the son who became an alcoholic allowed his past to break him. The son who remained sober allowed his past to make him.
What about you? Are you allowing your past to make you or break you?
The choice is entirely up to you.
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