Because so much of what I do all day is verbal, it’s important for me to have the balance of nonverbal activities. Not only do I meditate daily, but also I crochet and color. This morning I felt like coloring and pulled out one of my books. This particular one has images on both sides of the paper. The paper is not very thick. If I use colored pencils, the coloring doesn’t show through on the other side. If I use markers, the coloring shows through, so instead of having two pictures to color, I have only one.
As I made my choice, I realized how true this is of life. Sometimes we can have both, and many times we can’t. If I choose a vacation in California, I can’t spend that same time in Maine. If I choose to marry, I can’t stay single. And if I choose to be miserable, I can’t be happy.
I invite you to consider your power of choosing. Each minute of every day, you get to choose your thoughts, actions, and thus, your results. Don’t let yourself give away the power of choice by letting other people decide how you will think, feel, or act. No one can make these choices for you unless you give them the power to do that.
Today’s world offers an amazing buffet of choices. We can focus on everything that’s wrong and frightening or we can choose to focus on what’s right and solution-oriented. No matter what’s going on in our lives or in the world-at-large, we can stay in our center and make informed choices.
Oh, and I chose to use colored pencils so I have two pictures to color and not just one!