The Powerful Gift of Choice

Our days are filled with choices — conscious and unconscious, small and large — that enable us to accept what we are presently experiencing, and act with courage to create needed changes. Instead of being a victim of circumstance, we can choose to be the creator of our circumstances. This is about more than what we eat, wear, or read. This is about turning our lives into a miraculous journey that fosters loving relationships, inner peace, and personal fulfillment, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Remember the definition of insanity is doing what we’ve always done but expecting different results. This plays out when we are stuck in an unconscious pattern of trying to solve difficult challenges but only addressing the outward circumstances. This means we miss the opportunity for a different outcome. This isn’t where change takes place. Effective, lasting change begins on the inside — it’s an inside-out approach to life.

An honest look within will reveal any self-limiting or self-sabotaging beliefs we may have carried with us for years. This affects how we view the circumstances of our lives. Whatever we believe, we attract to ourselves. When we use our power of choice to let go of self-critical beliefs, we can enhance and elevate our life experiences into more rewarding relationships and inner harmony. Remember: It isn’t what happens to us that matters, it’s the powerful choices we make in how we are going to handle it that transforms our lives. We can choose what affects us. Every circumstance, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity for us to evolve from confusion into peace, from frustration to fulfillment.

As we learn how to most effectively use our power of choice, let’s remember that we are all on an individual development continuum. Being patient and compassionate with each other is essential. Resisting the urge to judge ourselves or others is also essential. I don’t know about you, but I’m more critical of myself then I am of anyone else, and some days I need to remind myself to stop being hard on myself and choose to be kind instead. When we feel the urge to be critical of ourselves or others, let’s remind ourselves that we all are doing our best. We don’t know the other person’s story, or how limited their options may have been. This is the time to choose to be affirming and supportive.

Using our powerful gift of choice, we can turn our lives into an incredible journey that undoes limits and multiplies healing love and inner contentment. We awaken and know our negative experiences do not define us. We awaken and know we can choose not to be afraid. We awaken and know love is stronger than fear. We awaken and choose to be confident, courageous, kind, and content. We awaken and know that even a serious illness or the passing of a loved one does not limit our inner peace. We awaken and know that we can choose what is right for us.

Sometimes it’s difficult to see, but we all have access to the power of choice and the gifts it brings. We can choose to align ourselves with spiritual wisdom, and we can choose to protect ourselves from people who are unsupportive or critical. When we know what empowers us, we can choose to stay focused on that. Wayne Dyer writes, “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” Let’s take this powerful gift and use it to enhance our own lives, so we open ourselves to the miracles around and within us. The powerful gift of choice is always ours.

Until Next Time – Sylvia

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