Sunday, July 10, 2011
Do You Love Your Life?
The Life you are living is the life you choose to live.
There are very few exceptions to this, such as the very young who are limited by the choices of their parents.
There are also economic limitations, but those can be overcome if you are willing.
You have so many choices available in this life of yours if you stop blaming others and change your attitude.
You can choose where you live, where you work, who you live with, and what to do in your free time.
For those who are unemployed and cannot find a job, the problem is not the job market, it is what you are doing or not doing.
And I know a few folks that have been looking for work unsuccessfully who will disagree with that last sentence but I stand behind it.
They have placed limitations on themselves, or attitudes and they have been unsuccessful.
However, I want to also emphasize that we have compassion for those who have lost their jobs and humility because it can happen to any of us and when it does, you never expect it to last.
Reach out and do what you can to help, even if it is a listening ear.
We place ourselves in situations that create limitations on our own lives, but instead of looking at those limitations as a way of holding you back, look at the other possibilities.
Here's an example from my own life:
When I was 22 I married for the first time and about a year later, our first daughter was born. By the time I was 26 we had three kids which meant we were outnumbered as parents!
My life changed the day my first daughter, Rachael was born in 1983 and I recall standing outside the hospital wondering how my life had changed so quickly in less than 18 months from the time I met her Mom until that day when I first became a Dad.
But it was the life I chose. I wanted to marry. Marriage was going to lead to having children. Neither was always easy. But these choices led to many blessings over the past 20+ years.
Even though that first marriage only lasted 13 years, and for awhile it felt that my life was in a holding pattern for awhile, life continued to move forward 24 hours at a time.
Now I have been married for 10+ years, my ex also remarried, and all 4 of us have been through the weddings of those 3 babies who are now 25, 26, and 27. (The picture is of the 3 of them 20+ years ago).
They are having their own kids now and the cycle continues...
No matter what stage of your life you are in, you get to choose to create a life you love.
As my daughter Tiffany shared on Facebook last week, some days you are "covered with poop and spit-up", others are filled with pulling weeds, and yet everyday is an opportunity to be thankful.