We Are Able: Day 32

In Happiness, Humanity, life, Love on October 3, 2011 at 4:15 am

There are days when I think to myself, “What else could possibly go wrong?  How much harder could things be?” There have been several intervals in my life where this thinking served as a prominent interruption.  That’s just it, it interrupted everything.  If I really stop to contemplate it though–I let it.  We build our lives, and our characters, through our own actions and choices.  Unfortunately, extrinsic factors (i.e. divorce, breakups, loss) seem to govern our attitudes more than our own minds, at times.

Recently, while reading The Scarlet Letter, I began to think about this idea of choosing.  Hester makes a choice about her life within the novel.  She chooses to make the best of a situation, and beyond this, she not only makes the best of it for herself but also utilizes her circumstance to serve others.

The scarlet symbol adorned on her chest, [this letter] a symbol of her calling. Such helplessness was found in her–so much power to do, and power to sympathize, –that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification [adultress].  They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester, with a woman’s strength.

An example of an individual making the best of the worst and eventually transforming for the better because of her chosen attitude.

The effect of the symbol–or, rather, of the position in respect to society that was indicated by it–on the mind of Hester herself, was powerful and peculiar.

I am amazed by the power of choice in our lives, the power it has to liberate one from the constraints of an ‘interrupted’ life of happiness and joy.  We must choose to to allow life’s bumps to empower us, though.  Like Hester, we must free ourselves of hostility and irritation for in this, “Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will eventually be transformed to love.”

  1. […] Holstee Manifesto–the importance of living a fulfilled and truly lived life. Happiness is a choice that we choose as I am reminded. It’s that memory that in good and bad there is always hope […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.




Thetis Island Blog

The Home Team at MNS

Real Impact Real Estate

Violet Gallery

sketching, creating and living life!

Southern Sweetys Photography

Capturing Life's Sweetest Momemts

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

ExploreDreamDiscover Talks

Travel, culture, food, and perception

Margaret's Miscellany

(in which I catalog my travels and a random assortment of likes and dislikes)

Dropping LSD--(Law School Debt)

currently blogging: student loans, frugality, design tutorials, and random crap on the internet

divorced is not a marital status

Living life without the scarlet letter--D

Coffee Under the Umbrella

Would you like paint and power tools with your coffee?

%d bloggers like this: