Affirmation of the Week

“I CHOOSE TO”

Very often you hear people saying “I have to” do this, or “I have to” do that.  Then one day, some years ago, I read an article that talked about what it means when we say this and then asked readers to consider changing that thought to *I choose to* instead.

Where we are at present, the paths we walk, the things we do, the people we are with… they are all the result of choices we have made in the past. If I hadn’t chosen to have left home when I did, and move then in the direction I did… I doubt I’d be living precisely where I am, with the job I’m doing at this point in time. I doubt I’d have met the people in my life that helped to shape my attitude to relationships either. The decision to intially leave home sent a ripple out into the world and set a course of action (and consequences) that  I wouldn’t realise the depth of, for many years to come!

Life comes at us in choices… even now, sometimes I find myself thinking I don’t have a choice in a matter… when I do.  When faced with something we don’t want to do, we can always say no!  Too often in life we can be our own worst enemies, we can play victim… even if sometimes there doesn’t seem to be anything that we can do physically… yet we still have a choice as to how we accept things mentally.  We can still choose to do our best and not be limited in other areas of our life. We can choose not to play the blame game, because, let’s be honest, it’s always a lot easier if something is somebody else’s fault!

Where do you feel you don’t have a choice in something? Be as specific as you can be… then ask yourself why you don’t have a choice… reasons can be as varied as being bored, not wanting to embrace change, fear of change, making others feel happy, pleasing others, worry over being seen to be at fault or to blame!

By taking control and asserting our choices, we then become responsible for our actions, for the consequences that ripple out afterwards, we become true to our inner selves, we listen to our hearts, we radiate truth, and, I believe, not only help ourselves but also others… because we can show others that it is possible to walk our talk, that anything is possible if we set our hearts and minds to it, and our lives can be filled with a lot better things than drudgery, routine, greyness, sameness, negativity, passivity… even if it is only in the way that we view our day to day lives… like beauty, isn’t perception in the eye of the beholder?

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥

© 2012 Michelle Payne

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