“Life is a gift and every breath we take is a gift from God. We all have the power to make the decision to either live life 100% or just to float along, allowing influences to control our lives.” … Unknown
Each morning I wake up and am thankful that my body is healing, and the pain is decreasing. I have learned to be grateful for the breaths I can take, the steps I can make and the health that is being restored and I believe more firmly than ever that the quality of my life is dependent upon the decisions and choices that I make on a moment to moment and day-to-day basis.
The road that brought me here has taught me to do my best to make my decisions based on “What Is” and not on the little narrator’s voice that used to pipe up inside of me. So far, everyone I’ve met seems to have one of those narrators … and sometimes they can just be downright nasty. I don’t think that I like the narrator very much! He/she is the one who robs us of the right to make independent and wise decisions by reminding us of the many painful experiences that we have undergone, or the way things have always been or worst of all; what everyone would think of us if we treated each moment as a gift instead of just another moment. I have decided to retire the narrator in favor of writing my own story!
These days, rather simply reacting, I do my best to remember that other people’s narrators often still have a full-time job: and that said people have filters through which they see the world, filters that have nothing to do with me, a lot to do with the highs and lows that they have experienced in their own lives and probably tons to do with the running commentary from the internal “voice of reason”. I remind myself of that whenever I find myself triggered by the often incomprehensible things that fall out of people’s mouths … you know those things … the ones that make you want to say: “I bet if you thought about that for 2 seconds you wouldn’t have said it.”
My mom used to say: “When God closes one door He opens another” and as annoying as I used to find that quote to be … I now think that she was absolutely right. Go Mom! Life really is a gift-giver and I love it that in each moment I have been given the gift of freedom of choice. I have also been given the gift of being the decision maker who has the ability to turn my life around and to live it to the max or to decline that right and to simply float along. Perky Polly and I are thinking of throwing a big “Thank You” party for Life … to show our appreciation for the beautiful world we get to play in, the pretty colours we get to enjoy, the great friends who journey with us and the 31 flavors of ice cream … Polly just wanted to throw that one in for fun … Thanks Life … We love You!!
Godspeed and Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)