12/15/11 – What we CAN choose

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“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”          

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

First of all, if you haven’t read this book or seen this movie, you are missing out. I’ve heard that some people maybe don’t enjoy it as much as I do, but I’m okay with that. I have read it three times and have watched the movie more times than I can count. About a third of my quote book is made up of quotes from this book. This is one of my favorites.

We all have a choice over so many things. Yes, fate controls many aspects of our lives, and some of them are hard and trying, so why not make the best out of the things you can choose. I know that I have. I have chosen to spend my time and life with the most amazing people. I have chosen to spend my money on my home, my baby Bailey, my friends and family. I have chosen to read inspirational and inspiring books and articles and have chosen to study the areas that interest me in school. What I MUST remember and remind myself to choose more wisely, every day, are my words, my tone of voice when speaking with others and my thoughts! We not only have the freedom to choose these things, we have an obligation to choose the things that make us better, make us happier, make us healthier, make us stronger and make this world a better place.

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