Our performances are always a culmination of our choices. I have been hurt in the past and carry just as much baggage as anyone else, but it encourages me that my choices today can help me overcome whatever patterns exist in my life because of the pain caused by the choices of others. It is not easy. It takes intention and thoughtfulness to overcome the thought patterns of past pain. If it were easy, people wouldn’t use their circumstances as an excuse for failure as often. Sometimes we fail for reasons unrelated to anything that happened to us before. Sometimes we fail simply because we made the wrong choice at the right time.