Thursday, April 10, 2014

I Get to Choose

“It's not that I can't live without you; it's that I don't want to. There's a difference. We all make choices in life and I choose you.”

Jenn Sterling

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

Henri Matisse

This morning I woke up tired and unmotivated.  I didn’t even want to write, much less go to work.  I just wanted to go back to bed. 
Then I realized that I could. 
I could make that choice. 
I could go back to bed.
I could write and then go to work. 
I could skip work altogether and go to the beach. 
I realized that I have a choice. 
This may seem obvious, but sometimes I forget the obvious.  I remembered on a deeper level that I have two choices in life, my attitudes and my actions.   Sometimes I need to be reminded.  Here are some of the choices I have made this morning and/or will make today:
·      I choose to write.
·      I choose to be grateful.
·      I choose to go to work.
·      I choose to be happy at work and serve the people I work for and with.
·      I choose to leave for work in a calm peaceful manner.
·      I choose to eat breakfast.
·      I choose to drink water.
·      I choose to smile.
·      I choose to love my Muse.
·      I choose to work towards my house on the beach.
·      I choose to take care of my health.
·      I choose to listen to music.
·      I choose to monitor my thoughts. 

It is fascinating how so obvious a truth is so easily missed.  But it is the truth.  Every single moment of my life is chosen, either by others or by me.  So I choose to make my own choices for my life.  This does two things for me.
First, it gives me responsibility for my life.  I don’t get to blame others.  I don’t get to be angry or resentful.  I don’t get to complain.  I have chosen everything in my life.  In those few cases that I have not chosen events, then I have chosen my attitude and even my fears about those events.  So that means I can choose a different attitude.  I’m not saying this is always easy, but it is always possible.  To change Stan Lee’s words, “With great responsibility comes great power.”
Second, this gives me a sense of presence for my life.  When I am aware that I choose, then I am aware of what I am choosing.  I am present with my thoughts and with my actions.  This makes each moment special and unique and a gift.  I am extremely blessed.  Every moment is literally a gift and I choose how to receive it, how to open it and how to use it.  This is amazing.  My life is mine.  Your life is yours. 
I choose to Get Started and Keep Going.
What do you choose?