the good NEws - Circumstance

I have a bone to pick with Circumstance. And I hope it reads my column, because sometimes, and this is one of those times, Circumstance needs to be called out for playing unfair.
Consider this my call-out.

I’ve been plagued by Circumstance throughout my life. Some instances more brutal than others, but plagued nonetheless.

See, Circumstance is rarely neutral. And when it is, you don’t notice it. I’d argue that even when Circumstance is in your favor, a lot of times you don’t realize it. Sure there are times when you think, wow, everything just lined up perfectly there. I hit all the green lights when I was running late. I got off at the wrong stop and by doing so met someone who changed my life. Things like that. In those cases, Circumstance is a friend. He says, “Here, I’m feeling generous. I know you didn’t really do anything to warrant this, but I’m going to set you up in a perfect situation. You don’t have to do a thing.”

But don’t let him fool you. Circumstance can be a jerk. He’s got nearly unlimited power and can show you something, yet structure nearly impossibly complex obstacles in order for you to reach it. And when you do that, Circumstance, I really, really don’t like you.

When playing rough like that, Circumstance throws all kinds of “but”s into the mix. Dangles the carrot in front of your nose and makes you run and run and run knowing full well he’s never going to lower it enough for you to snatch it. Loads up your birthday cake with trick candles so that no matter how hard you try to huff and puff ‘em out, you’ll never get the satisfaction of seeing them smoke out.

Normally, that’s bad enough. But now, what if Circumstance times his arrival when you are least expecting it and most suceptible to failure? That kind of a combo? Daunting, to say the least.


To read the full column, see this week's issue of the Clay County News (7/6/11)