"If life didn't contain change, I don't suppose it wouldn't be very interesting. Change is the thing that brings about decisions. Decisions call for choices and without choices to make a person can't grow." (Excerpt from the Journals of Corrie and Christopher book 2.)
So this is why it is so important to make positive choices. Positive choices lead to positive decisions that enrich our life with change that makes us grow. If we consistently make choices that are good for us, then we reap the consequences of those choices. Small choices add up to big consequences. If we choose to make decisions that are detrimental to us, we end up paying dearly for the choices we made down the road. What sunk the Titanic was several small holes, not a giant gash like people thought for years. And so are our lives. We in up in failing circumstances due to several small holes of wrong choices, negative thought patterns and critical thinking.
What we must remember is that we have a choice. We can choose our attitudes, choose our lifestyle, choose to make the best of whatever our circumstances may be. We may not choose to have difficult times in our lives, but we can choose our reaction to those times. We may not choose to have poor health, but we can choose to have an inner fight to live and a compassion for others who are contending with the same issues. We may not choose our financial plight, but we can choose to be wiser and thankful because of the personal growth it has given to our lives.
When all odds are against us and we feel like we are down for the count, it is important to make the choice to get back up and keep going. Life isn't over until the last breath is taken. We have a choice as long as we have life.
My hopes for the new year are to make positive choices. The small, everyday, choices, even the ones that seem insignificant at the time, are the ones I need to make. It will be these that give me richer relationships, peace, joy, health, and happiness. The half an hour in prayer, the 30 minutes of excercise, the hour spent playing a game or talking to my children, the 15 minutes of decluttering my mind or my cabinets, they are all small choices that can add up to great personal change and satisfaction.
May 2011 be a year of positive change, right choices, and personal growth that will bless the lives of those around us.
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