There exists 1 million and 1 ways to prove that circumstances or the past do not hold the power to dictate how you feel. There are an endless array of examples where identical scenarios seem to elicit a wide range of emotions even within one person. It's quite easy to see, there exists a deeper order at work - a higher organization, behind the human experience. Frequent as it is, change is clearly possible despite the particulars of our lives. We are not locked in by the outside.
I'm no longer embarrassed to admit, I was well into my twenties before I gained a working comprehension and practical understanding of certain basic English words. One such word was: context. According to Merriam-Webster, "the parts of a statement or discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning".
And of course, after being lobbied by the paper manufacturers, those good folks at the dictionary company added another definition: "the interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs".
There are certain interrelated conditions which govern and dictate your ability to experience happiness. Those same interrelated conditions govern and dictate your ability to experience sadness. Remorse. Freedom. Angst. Longing. Awe. Humility. Love. Commitment. Truth. Wrath. Compassion. Boredom. Alacrity. Apathy. Devotion. It never begins with me.
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