We Choose Life

Life is a journey filled with unexpected events, some pleasant and some not so much. These events can be anything from losing a loved one, experiencing a job loss, or facing a health challenge. While we may not be able to control what happens to us, we do have the power to control how we react to those events. Maya Angelou once said, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

What does this quote mean? First, it means that no matter what happens, we can rise above it. We can choose not to let our circumstances define us or dictate our future. Instead, we can take control of our lives and decide how we want to move forward.

One of the biggest challenges we face in life is dealing with unexpected events. These events often leave us feeling helpless, overwhelmed, and out of control. However, it’s important to remember that we still have power over our thoughts and actions. Therefore, we can focus on the positive aspects of our lives and find ways to overcome our challenges.

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For example, let’s say you lost your job. It’s easy to feel defeated and powerless in this situation. However, you can view this as an opportunity to explore new career paths or start your own business. In addition, you can use this experience as a catalyst to make positive changes in your life and pursue your passions.

Another example could be facing a health challenge. While this can be a scary and overwhelming experience, you can choose to focus on the things you can control, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and practicing self-care. You can also seek support from friends, family, and medical professionals.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. You can choose to be reduced by your circumstances, or you can choose to rise above them. It’s important to remember that you are not defined by what happens to you. Instead, you are limited by how you respond to those events.

In conclusion, Maya Angelou’s quote reminds us that we can choose how we react to the events that happen to us. While we may not be able to control everything in our lives, we can control how we respond to those events. We can choose to let our circumstances define us, or we can choose to rise above them and create a better future for ourselves. The choice is ours.

In addition to choosing to rise above our circumstances, we can be happy. Happiness does not come to us naturally, but rather, it’s a choice we make every day. Even amid challenging situations, we can still find joy and happiness in the small things.

For example, if you are going through a difficult time, focus on the things that bring you joy. This could be spending time with loved ones, engaging in hobbies you enjoy, or simply walking in nature. By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you can shift your mindset and cultivate a sense of gratitude.

It’s also important to remember that happiness is not a destination, but rather, it’s a journey. We can’t wait for something to happen to be happy. Instead, we need to make a conscious effort to find happiness in the present moment. This could be as simple as taking a moment to appreciate the beauty around us or expressing gratitude for the things that we have.

In conclusion, choosing to be happy is a powerful way to take control of our lives. Focusing on the positive aspects of our lives and finding joy in the small things can cultivate a sense of happiness and contentment. While life may not always be easy, we can choose to be happy and make the most of every moment. Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So, let’s choose to spread happiness and positivity wherever we go.

Why Challenges are a Blankety-Blank

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”–Winston Churchill

Courage is where I believe we fail to achieve or overcoming challenges. When challenged in life obstacles can seem overwhelming, insurmountable to stifle our progress. In many occasions, we just give up and fail.

Learning to work through the pain of life is achieved through your own faith that all will work itself out as it should. Learning to accept that life will happen on its own terms. Learning to not push growth, but accept destiny unfolding on its terms. God does not need your help he needs your faith.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”–Martin Luther King Jr.

God, will unfold your destiny timely when you allow it to unfold naturally. His favor can move the unmovable. When you hold-fast to faith in the face of absolute ruin. On the other side of this faith held strong is destiny!

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Look at challenges as the gateway to your life’s destiny. Accept the trials and tribulations with faith, that once you clear the dark forest a beautiful life season is before you. Our lives are seasonal, just as nature. My thought is this to be the natural order of things. How our body and the soul are connected to the seasonal universe.

Stop looking at obstacles as a barb-wire fence. With care, you can cross a barb-wire fence. You may get a poke or scratch here and there. The crossing can be done safely. You arrive at a new destination.

Admittedly, I struggle with faith, but I believe we all are challenged with faith from time-to-time.

The good news. Keep holding onto faith even when you can’t see any hope. The pain you may suffer through pails in comparison to the happiness on the other side. Faith will become easier to summon when you condition yourself.

We tend to lose faith in the precipice of change. If only one step further were taken, don’t let one step more stop you!

Call upon God through prayer and meditation. Thanking him for the end result of the season you find yourself. Focus on the result not the how. God has the how you stay in faith with gratitude that it’s done. Do this and God will make the impossible, possible!

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Lesson Learned

This past week I put myself through a little heartbreak. You ever feel when you want something so much you might be willing to try just about anything. Well, at least what is in reason, I didn’t go that far over the side.

Suffice to say what I thought was something amazing turned out to be garbage. Someone is praying on others. It’s sad to know people are out their that can do such things. Live and learn.

The upside to this is awareness and the fact that I did reach out in prayer asking for guidance. During this ordeal, I kept asking God for guidance so that I would not make a mistake. That part felt good. I know I am ambiguous about what it is, let’s say the what is not as important as the lesson learned.

Those of you that read my work on a regular basis know that my stories are the result of my walk in faith. My stories based on the application of faith and the result.

One area that I do think I did not pay as close of attention to is trusting God to provide. Letting what I want coming in God’s good time not my own. Recognizing this did show me that my decision, my will, getting in the middle of things has the potential for bad results.

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Stay in Faith

Good news is that I don’t feel bad, I feel educated. Lessons can take many forms, so don’t beat yourself up. We can take the wrong path by choice or disguised as a good choice. Recognizing it then saying “thank God I caught this not before it gets any further.” Having the experience may stink, but recognizing it for what it was is the real lesson.

For me, if I walk in faith knowing that God will provide for me works out beyond my wildest dreams. Some of the life challenges I face are easier to deal with and get resolved. As long as I stay in faith, it will. Believe with faith, even when you have no reason to have an ounce of faith, I promise you it gets better.

My joy in life today comes from the fact that I can live in peace with myself. I have a higher power than myself helping to guide my life and decisions. In that are happiness and peace. Stay in faith no matter what is in front of you. Realize that the enemy wants you to stay down. Therefore, you will be hit, hit hard with doubt. Never lose sight of the result, that path may take a four-wheel drive tank to get down with many challenges. God kept me from harm before any real harm could occur. For that, I am grateful!

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