It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, January 15, 2016

Chapter 1, Page 15, Book 16

Use wisely, your power of choice.

Choose to love. . . rather than hate.
Choose to laugh. . . rather than cry.
Choose to create. . . rather than destroy.
Choose to persevere. . . rather than quit.
Choose to praise. . . rather than gossip.
Choose to heal. . . rather than wound.
Choose to give. . . rather than steal.
Choose to act. . . rather than procrastinate.
Choose to grow. . . rather than rot.
Choose to pray. . . rather than curse.
Choose to live. . . rather than die.

January 15th - sweet choices

All through life we must keep choosing. Destiny hangs on ‘yes' and ‘no.' As we look back, it is to wonder what would have happened if we had gone the other way when the road forked.


Forest Gump said that life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what will be in the next bite. That is the way with the choices we need to make..  They keep coming and every day seems to bring something new that we must make a choice about.  We decide whether or not to get out of bed, what we’ll eat, what we’ll do, what we’ll think about, what we’ll say…and the list goes on and on. Choices about things that will make a big difference and we want to make the right choices.  The list above does give us some good guidelines.  

The good news is that even if we have made foolish choices (and we’ve all done it at times in our lives) and you’re not happy with the way things are, we can change. There is an awful lot of power in the choices we make.

We make choices every minute of the day. Some of the choices or decisions are conscious ones that we have thought, and prayed, about before we make them. Most other times, however, we are not even aware we have made a choice because it was an automatic response to an idea, a thought, or a circumstance. When we smile at something another has said, we have chosen to smile rather than frown without even thinking about the choice. And, sometimes we make no choice at all, which is actually making a choice.

 I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude.

Judith M. Knowlton

Our emotional health is determined, to a great extent, by how we respond to the circumstances around us. If we choose to react in a positive manner, it often will help us maintain a healthy mental attitude about the situation.

All too often we choose to react negatively based upon our assumption of the intent of what another has said or done. When we do that we are choosing to judge without hearing both sides of the matter.

We often cannot control the circumstances we find ourselves in. The only thing which we can control, however, is how we react to those circumstances. It’s our choice.

 Free choice is the greatest gift God gives to his children.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

What we choose to watch, listen to, read or think about will influence our attitudes and behavior.  The good Lord has given us the ability to choose how we live our life. Every choice we make will affect our future. There are rewards for making wise choices and consequences for choosing the foolish. Some wrong choices only create an inconvenience for you which can easily be repaired. Other choices are far reaching and cannot ever be reversed.

Our greatest power is our power to choose.

When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.


The picture above is of my youngest son and his son.  They choose to play in the snow one wintry day.  

How sweet it is !


betty said...

I think your son made a wise choice to play that day with his son:) Making lasting memories like that is always a wise thing to choose! I like that Choose to with the contrasts; it is definitely always better to choose something joyful and something to be grateful for rather than the opposite. So true too with how many decisions we make daily with choices and not realize we are even doing so; they just are so automatic I think.


jack69 said...

The opening today by CAmus, is such a FACT, it boggles the mind. So True. Now I was hoping the 'Snow Angels' picture was your family, Good on you all.

Love from a rainy day in Florida and 64 here.

Rick Watson said...

Excellent post. It's true. The quality of someone's life guided by the choices they make.