LIFE-CHANGING LESSONS I’VE LEARNED/LEARNING- Everyday Is A Choice To Start
For example, some look at this picture and say it is a sunset over a long day of troubles and worries gone by. That’s fine for those who believe that. I say it is a sunrise over a brand new day beginning with infinite possibilities and opportunities. You see, I like so many came from a past of discouragement, dream stealers, and negative situations that left me believing that the world was limited to my filter of beliefs and feelings. I felt that others and God viewed me just like I viewed myself, worthless, lacking and limited in purpose and possibilities.
Through a long and painful journey of learning how to take back my life by learning how to dream madly, pursue wildly, and continuing the process of trusting completely (as written in my book “Damaged Goods:Learning To Dream Again” shown on The 700 Club) I realized life is more than getting better, gathering healing, changing or getting away from the negative. Life is about choosing to be different. It really doesn’t matter how many counseling sessions I’ve attended, how great of a counselor I am or even how much I know, can write or how well I speak. If my choices and attitudes regarding life, myself and others have not changed, my performance really does not matter in the grander scheme of things.
Our choices determine if we are going to move forward and get out of bed or if we are going to stay were we are and shut down. Our choices determine if we are going to blame everyone and Santa Clause for our situation and the reason why our life is going bad or if we take the next step forward regardless of what has happened in our lives. The fact is every last one of us has been hurt by someone and every last one of us has hurt someone else. Perhaps not in the same way, but we all have hurt someone. So at some point, we must release the hold of feeling like a victim. It is very freeing. Actually, it is very empowering. But it is a choice.
Each day I have a choice to believe that my past was a burden placed in my life simply to provide an everlasting obstacle and reminder that I can never have a purpose, hope or future or my past is part of my story meant to be used as part of my purpose for my future hope.
Each day, I have a choice to believe that each day is an ongoing torment of suffering or worry or an opportunity to learn, grow and change direction and myself and admit that our way is not the only way and be “forever” students instead of stuck, safe professors in a life that was never meant to be safe.
Each day, I have a choice to consistently look at myself and the world through the lens of “what’s wrong” and “something is lacking” or choose to believe that my feelings are rarely reality and I must allow others the freedom to be who they are whether I agree or not. I certainly do not have to agree or endorse their behavior or platforms but I cannot force my opinion on them.
So today, what will you choose?
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely
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