As I was writing this post, it was a day of celebration in Chile as the first of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for the past 69 days started their gradual ascent to freedom.

It was a long process for them, as the miners could only be released one by one, so the process took a couple of days.

As I reflected on this event, I was reminded of Viktor Frankl’s words when he said, “The last of one’s true freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

As sad as it is that these men were trapped underground in such scary circumstances, it’s even sadder when I come across people who are trapped, not by their physical circumstances, but by their mindsets and attitudes.

There are those who feel that they can’t change or develop new skills.

Those who feel inadequate and unable to do anything worthwhile.

Those who feel that they’re unlucky and the universe is conspiring against them.

Those who have no hope that life can get better.

Those who believe that God is distant and uncaring.

Those who feel trapped in their job, relationships, financial circumstances or emotional state.

I want to encourage you today that this doesn’t have to be the case.

You can change and develop new skills.

You have the skills and talents to make a contribution to the world.

The universe has better things to do than conspire against you.  Don’t be a victim of your circumstances, rise above them.

Life can get better, but only if you strongly believe that it can.

God is nearer than you think and cares for you more than you can imagine.

You can change your situation at work, build better friendships, use money with greater wisdom and take charge of your emotional state.

I’m rapt that the first of the Chilean miners have escaped their situation.

I’m also excited because we don’t need to feel trapped any more either.

Is there anything that you feel trapped by?  What are you going to do in the next 24 hours to help you to break free?

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