In this week’s parsha we look at how circumstances are often what you make them.
Three proprietors are discussing the scope of their real estate ownership:
“Even if I stand at the top of the tallest building I own,” says the first, “I still can’t see to the end of my property.”
“I own so much land, the government is offering me millions to purchase it for national purposes!” exclaims the second.
Concludes the third: “If I drive around my entire property, it would take me weeks to get to the end of it!”
“Big deal,” responds the first, “I also have an old car that runs like that…”
Remarkable. The very same sentence is perceived by one as an expression of wealth, and by another as suggestive of an old, rusty 1960 Chevy.
So too it is in life: we can see the same picture, we may be faced with the identical situation – but not necessarily see it the same way at all.
To be sure, in every experience, there is always something positive to be found – we simply need to become accustomed to discerning the good. And when we do, it is then that we are fortified to transform every challenge into an opportunity.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!