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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 2, Book 16

Is it Spring yet ?  Happy Groundhogs Day !

 True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

February 2nd - choices

Talking about our problems seems to be a national pastime.  Be different.  Talk about our JOYs!

They say that the way to overcome the results of a series of bad choices is through a series of right choices. The only way to walk out of trouble is to do the opposite of whatever you did to get into trouble, one choice at a time. Joy is a choice and one that helps us to learn to laugh at our troubles and choose joy over worry and anxiety. 

 Comparison is the thief of joy.


Maybe the circumstances of your life right now are the direct result of a series of bad choices you have made. You may be in debt because you have made a lot of bad choices with money. You may be lonely because of a series of bad choices in relationships or in the way you treat people. You may be sick because of a series of unhealthy choices: eating junk food, not getting enough rest, or abusing your body through working too much and not having enough balance in your life.

You can be happy if you know this secret: Some things are within your power to control and some things are not.


You cannot make a series of bad choices that result in significant problems and then make one good choice and expect all the results of all those bad choices to go away. You did not get into deep trouble through one bad choice; you got into trouble through a series of bad choices. If you really want your life to change for the better, you will need to make one good choice after another, over a period of time, just as consistently as you made the negative choices that produced negative results.  We can choose to sit in the bitterness, the unanswered questions, the anger, or we can choose to shift our focus to the laughter, the good.

You don't need anyone else's permission to be happy. Your life is magnificent not because someone says it is, but because you choose to see it as such.

Ralph Marston

So many things are out of reach as well as out of our ability to control, but our behavior, that's not one of those things.. We can choose to let the problems weigh us down or talk about the things that bring us joy today.  Hope it’s a great day!

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin. 

Lord Byron 


betty said...

I do agree; you can turn your life around from bad choices to good choices, but you are right, Ma, it will take time and consistency with making the good choices over the bad ones time after time after time. The goal though is to realize a person is making bad choices and then start working on making better ones and not go down the road of bad choices continually.


jack69 said...

Betty caught the same thing I did:
The only way to walk out of trouble is to do the opposite of whatever you did to get into trouble, one choice at a time.
Insightful for sure. It is a fact Americans have been led down the path by a media of 'bad news'. It is a breath of fresh air to 'know' someone who dwells on the positive.