Rene was watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a while ago. A scene boomed at me as I passed by. I stopped to watch.
Sensei was telling a story to Raph.
When Sensei was a young man, he fell in love with a beautiful woman. She was so beautiful that soon he had a rival competing for her affections.
Obviously, Sensei and his rival weren’t on very good terms.
One day, a quarrel ensued and Sensei’s rival insulted him in front of his lady-love.
Sensei’s temper got the better of him. He challenged his rival to a duel with swords.
But during the fight his lady-love got in the way and was hurt.
Sensei has regretted his actions ever since.
Raph: But Sensei, you had no choice. He insulted you in front of her.
Sensei: No choice? Of course, I had a choice. I could have ignored those words. But instead I let those words become a weapon to hurt me. And I lost my beloved. There is a choice, my son. That is the choice.
We cannot change the situation but we can change the way we feel about it.