Every morning I have choices!

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” … Groucho Marx 

I am shaken to my very core by the events that are unfolding in Japan.  I see the pictures of entire cities swept away and out to sea, of farms destroyed beyond repair and of a nation of people grieving the loss of what is on its way to becoming tens of thousands of people.  If a picture says a thousand words then I have been inundated and overwhelmed by the volume and ferocity of those “words”.

I look at my own life and allow it to come into focus.  I see the pain and fears and challenges through which I have traveled and I look at recent events through the lens of perspective.  I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that whilst I may not be able to change for the better the lives of even one of the people touched by the tsunami tragedy I can change mine.  Every moment of every day presents me with opportunities to choose how I will feel about the events which are unfolding around me.  Every moment I have options!  And every moment I have the power to be happy or unhappy … it really is my choice …

“Each morning when I open my eyes … I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it will be.”  The lens of perspective reminds me that I have cast my vote for the “happy option” and that whilst my personal circumstances may be challenging some days; if I but lift my eyes to the world I will see those whose challenges and suffering far surpass anything that I could imagine.  And if I lift them just a little further possibilities will unfold before me that go beyond my expectations.

Today I remind myself that I live in a nice home, in a good area of my geologically stable country; that war does NOT tear my country apart and that nature… predominantly … treats those of us who live here pretty darn well.  Yes, it is definitely nippy in the winter; however, at least I’m not drowning in the white stuff nor are gale force winds regularly doing their best to blow both me and my house off to the Land of Oz.  I can live with a little snow and cold!  I agree with Groucho Marx: “Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”  It is time to fully embrace my Happiness Choice.  It is time for me to actually live it in the world.

Godspeed and Joyful Journeying!

Susanne

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6 Responses to Every morning I have choices!

  1. abdullahafiq says:

    owh..that book? my friend said it’s good book
    those castle walls, it must be hard to break it or demolish it.. AHAHAH.. i ask too much already.. 😀

    • Susanne says:

      😀 No you are not asking too much! In answer to your questions: 1 ) Yes, it is a good book. I liked the DVD even more … you might be able to find that on the Internet – not sure. 2) Castle Walls …. well … it all comes down to what I want most in any given moment … I look and ask myself do I want to stay the same, doing the same things, saying the same things and getting the same results or do I want to try something new and aim high? The definition of insanity is: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result … so I am doing my best these days not to be insane … About the castle walls … I’m written 5 chapters i of a book about that very subject. So … hopefully in a few months I will be done the rest of the book and have some helpful things to suggest … 😀

  2. abdullahafiqaboutme says:

    AHAAHA.. yea.. so i’m kinda curious, what is the enemy of possibilities? is it fear?

    • Susanne says:

      I think that fear is a biggie … but then again so are our feelings of “deservedness”. I believe that “The Secret” is correct in saying that we are immensely powerful magnets who can attract anything, however, what they don’t mention is that if inside of yourself you have built castle walls out of fear, judgment, I-don’t-deserve-this etc – then nothing can get through. Without taking a look at my inner landscape to see who or what is hiding out in there I have found that the “possibilities” hang around outside of my castle walls – just out of reach – until I am finally ready to accept them and move ahead with them.

  3. abdullahafiqaboutme says:

    ‘possibilities will unfold’.. that’s something to think about

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