Former president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) retired chief justice Michael de la Bastide says if Barbados withdraws from the appellate jurisdiction of the court it will “seriously...
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Forever the victim?
Are you a victim of circumstance(s)? Some blame their repeated circumstance(s) on bad luck; some blame it on themselves or on their parents and some say it’s not their fault because other people are picking on them and they resolve that nothing can be done about it. Some may even say that others don’t like them for any apparent reason. What about you? What do you say to yourself and possibly others when you go through the same unpleasant situations over and over? Do you wonder if you are going to be ‘Forever the victim?’ Be warned! By constantly asking ourselves if we are to be ‘Forever the victim?’ we can be fooled into thinking that our trying situations are hopeless. ‘Forever the victim?’ is (and will always be) a question that deserves a timely answer by all of us. By constant repetition of ‘Forever the victim?’ we may start thinking that it’s a stated fact, or a ‘victim status’ that must be lived up to daily. Sadly, some nurture ‘a self-defeating mindset’ for their entire lives, never daring or wanting to move away to a place of true peace and emotional freedom. Left unchecked, our responses to the situations that confront us can cause us to be in a restricted psychological and/or physical entrapment. Please allow the following God-inspired statement to be embedded deep inside: ‘life is not what happens to us; but rather, it is what we choose to do about what happens that makes the lasting difference.’ (Feel free to apply that particular statement as a life credo as well.)
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