All of us, young and old, engage each day with whatever particular mood, mindset, attitude and/or focus we choose on that day
Our mood and attitude can certainly shift as the day goes on, but it is always our choice. Fatigue, low blood sugar, dehydration, a headache, and other physical issues can certainly challenge us, and we may also be coping with fears, anxiety and worry.
Some of us are coping with difficult family situations and others real problems with financial stability. Some want to lose weight and others fight to gain weight. Some are working 3 jobs while going to school and others are bored with themselves and their lives. Some have kids who are a real challenge for whatever reasons and others worry that their sons or daughters are working too hard and not enjoying life enough.
The challenges in our lives seem endless and persistent and a bit overwhelming. The pace of our lives is faster than ever before, and quiet time is harder to find, especially with cell phones, pagers, email and IM. You must decide how you want to respond to these stressors called “life”.
So much, so fast and so overwhelming, what do we do? Remember, we always have a choice.
The key principle is to focus on what we can control and not what we can’t. We are able to exercise total control of our attitude. We can choose to modify our habits to serve our goals. This takes work and is best done with small persistent and gradual steps.
But we always have a choice. We can learn new skills at any time we wish. It may take time and effort, but it can be done. We always have a choice. There are only two things we don’t have a choice in, and that is death and taxes. Everything else is choice or a choice of response.
We don’t choose to get sick, but we can choose how we respond to illness, we don’t choose to fall victim to violence, but we can choose how we respond to our recovery and we don’t always choose what happens to us, but we choose how we respond.
When it comes to weight, and weight loss, we have a choice. When we are out to lunch or dinner, we have a choice what we order. When we are at the grocery store we have a choice what we put in our carts. No one is holding a gun to our head telling us we have to eat the cake, that is a choice. You can choose to start your diet, or put it off for the next event coming up. The choice is yours.
Begin to choose well, today!