In today’s high-speed world, people use acronyms more often than ever before. In the past people hoped to be the MVP, a VIP or the CEO. Now we are saying IDK, LOL, BRB and other things that I don’t even feel comfortable writing in acronym form. Today I’ve decided to coin my own acronym. It applies to many people and even applies to me at times. Rather than being a VIP, we seem intent upon being the V.O.C.
The VOC is the Victim Of Circumstance. It’s a really tough place to live. Circumstances keep piling up on these individuals that they don’t like. The world has thrust all of this upon them. They don’t like their job, school, boyfriend/girlfriend, lack of popularity, lack of influence or prospects for the future. These people have it, THE WORST EVER!. Go ahead and try to tell them about a bad situation in your life and they can find one from theirs that is ten times worse. The worst thing in most cases about being a member of the VOC club is that you have to choose to be a member!
That is one heck of a choice to make. There are many things in this world that we should choose to be, a victim should not be one of them. The problem with being a victim is the lack of power. It is by nature a position of weakness and defense. At some point the VOC decided that it was better to be weak, defensive and blameless rather than taking responsibility for themselves. This is a dangerous bargain to make because eventually it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you are wearing brown tinted glasses, everything in the world looks like feces.
So rather than being the VOC, become the DOC. The Director Of Circumstances is not completely in control of circumstance but acts more like a traffic cop. The DOC decides what he or she will let pass and what needs to be stopped and evaluated further. The traffic cop is separate from the traffic. They may cause it, they may alleviate it but they are not the traffic. Ultimately, they can usually move to a different intersection if their position becomes too much to handle. It is a game of choice.
Direct your life today! Don’t be a victim within it!
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Pete, this is really great. I know a handful of people who are VOCs that need to become DOCs. I will definitely be directing them here. Really great post.