Even though we cannot control the karmic events, we can control our reactions to them. By choosing love and recognizing the karmic laws at play, we can distance ourselves from an event, by not measuring it as good or bad or judging ourselves, but seeing it for what it is, a circumstance in life. Recognize the events for what they are and choose to rise above the circumstances, rather than allowing them to drag you down. Karma must not be used as an excuse for an unfulfilled life. Free will gives us the ability to choose our reaction to even the most difficult of circumstances. The more we focus on love and service, the more we distance ourselves from the events and circumstances. This way the events and circumstances have less effect on our being, our attitude and our perspective on life.