We Can’t Always Control Our Environment, But We Do Always Control Our Actions Within the Environment

March 1, 2022 pwm1

You wouldn’t abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn’t control the winds.

—Saint Thomas More (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

Talk about living in a hostile environment: Sir Thomas More was the Lord High Chancellor of England under Henry VIII. By refusing to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul Henry’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (so that he may marry Anne Boleyn), and for refusing to acknowledge the king as the supreme head of the Church of England, More was tried and put to death. On the platform where he would meet his physical demise, the executioner begged his pardon. More rose up, kissed him, and gave him forgiveness. It would have been so simple for him to bend to the king’s wishes and have his life spared. Instead, More refused to let the external environment dictate his actions.  

—Mike Hazell

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