Decision 2016

I’ve just finished watching the second Presidential debate, and that’s what gave me the idea for this blog. No, this isn’t going to get political, rather, focusing on the word “choice.” Certainly, this November, the American voting public facing a great choice as they determine whom they believe the most fit to serve as President of the United States.

Of course we have a choice in November…because EVERYTHING is a choice.

I’m reminded of what Matthew Kelly writes about in his book “The Rhythm of Life” (in fact, he starts the book with a short chapter on “choice”):
This is life’s greatest truth and it’s hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power. Not power over others, but the often untapped power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined. It’s a hard lesson, because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now.

That’s sometimes a really hard pill to swallow, but the reality is that WE have chosen the life we are currently living. The good news about that is that once we realize our choices have gotten us to where we are…we can then recognize and utilize that same power to create change.

The fact of the matter is this: if you’re currently unhappy, on some level, you’re that way because you choose to be. You chose how you lived out today. Matthew Kelly puts it so perfectly: “You choose the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the thoughts you think. Everything is a choice.”

The harsh reality is that most people never accept this truth. It’s far easier to blame situations and circumstances than it is to accept responsibility for our own choices. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying bad things don’t happen that are out of our control…I AM saying that those circumstances and events don’t determine our outcomes unless we allow them to.

I’ve said this a number of times before…pain will be an inevitable part of life. Misery and suffering are choices.

We live in a world ruled by universal laws. One of those laws in the “Law of Cause and Effect.” That means that everything that exists or occurs does so by way of something else. In order for “B” to exist there MUST be an “A.” It also means that every action, or thought, has a reaction or consequence. Every. Thing. We. Do.

Once you truly understand and embrace this principle – everything around you changes. You realize that you really ARE in control. The helpless feelings you had are gone, because you’ve chosen for them to be. It’s at that moment that we are truly empowered and can finally begin to use everything at our disposal to create the life we dream of…and were truly designed and created to live.

Choose to have a great week!

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