There is Power in Our Choices

by Jan on April 25, 2011

“Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.
— William Glasser

The ritual of Monday morning promises is compelling in our 21st century world. After indulging ourselves with Passover popovers, marshmallow chicks and of course, chocolate bunnies, there seems to be a collective sigh for many of us asking, “Why did I do that to myself again?”

Ironically, just this morning outside my front doors, left anonymously beside the newspaper, were pink marshmallow chicks and 3 chocolate bunnies — the exact subjects I’d been thinking about for this post.

Can someone out there read my mind?

Or, more logically, have marshmallow chicks and chocolate bunnies come to symbolize the new life that the holidays and springtime proclaim?

Questions to Ask Ourselves
There are much bigger questions for me today. They go deeper than cutting out diet cola and chocolate. These questions go to the core of what creates a meaningful life — deeper questions — ones that we sometimes push aside in the rush for self-improvement.

• What kind of message am I sending by my choices?
• How do I take a stand for a more hopeful, loving and workable world?
• What can I do to add value to the lives of others?

Stephen Covey quotes in the introduction of the book by Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., “Prisoner’s of our Own Thoughts,” an anonymous three lines, which touches on the root of all choice and perhaps peace of mind.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space,
In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.”

Taking the Time We Need
Only we can change our responses to the many stimuli that pulse through our lives and to take a moment between the thought and action to choose our response. Take a breath; be still. Then, our response has the opportunity to bring us more of what we want and HOPE for — peace of mind and happiness.

By reaffirming this call to calm, we move forward with a renewed attention to the way we think and react. Being kinder to ourselves, is a start.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a bubble bath, meditation or taking a walk, this time out for ourselves can create a space for a new action. It sets a priority of how we wish to be and to be seen by feeling better about us. Take the time to make conscious choices. That is the beginning of impacting others.

There is a “BIG HOPE” in taking a breath and accepting the power in the choice we make. Sooner or later, we will find our world just a little kinder and gentler for us all.

And that is a really good outcome for Monday’s promise.

5 comments

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