“There’s always always a choice. My options might really, truly suck, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a choice.” —Jim Butcher, Cold Days
This is Tip #2 (of 7) in my Wholehearted Living Series. In Tip #1, I talked about celebrating past lives, how every breath you’ve taken so far helped to land you here. Now I want to take an even closer look. Not only is it easy to moan and cry about our difficult, even ugly Past Lives, it’s also really easy to fall into the Victim Boat and tell ourselves it’s all because of someone else or something else or someplace else.
Believe me, I know. I was Princess-Captain Victim of the USS Victim for a long long time.
So many things had gone wrong. So many things were holding me down. So many things made me do what I did (whether what I did was good or bad). It took me a long long time to see that I had made a choice in every single instance of my life.
At first, I didn’t really like this realization. Like me, you might have gotten caught in the “Oh crap. If I made all those choices (that went wrong) then I must really suck.” It’s a pretty simple jump – to take our Victim t-shirt with us when we first learn about our Super Power. After all, it’s a pretty comfy t-shirt, and we’ve been wearing it for a long time.
Time to flip your reality, Get out of the Boat. Take off the t-shirt, My Friend. For REALZ.
Here’s the thing. Yep. Some of your choices may not have been so great (I’ve made some dooooooozies!!!!). And some of your choices may have been made under really crappy circumstances and may have seemed like no choice at all.
AND….without the choices you made, you wouldn’t be here.
Remember? Celebrate Past Lives like it’s 1999!
Every past life, every single moment contained a choice – YOURS! Besides that, here’s the coolest part. YOU HAVE TONS OF CHOICES YET TO MAKE! And they’re all yours! No matter what someone else does, no matter what someone else says, no matter where you live or how much money you make or what goes wrong or right, you have choices. Choice is a Human Super Power.
Use it for good.
Every day for a week, look back and see your choices. No matter what they were. Just see that you made them – not someone else. You! How great is that?!
Now go make a CHOICE.