Everyday you and I face a series of choices. Do we let the pain and issues of the day overwhelm us? What are we going to do today? Is it worth getting up? Can I really do something yesterday’s injustice without causing myself more grief? Do I really want to do something?
I have idea if there are any good answers for you. I do know that I often struggle to find reasonable answers that I believe. When we look back we can identify the choices that were more significant that others however I would like to suggest that it is in the small decisions of the morning that we set the course of our lives. It is the choice we make that nobody knows about and only touches our heart that is the true gauge of our values and priorities. I know that this point may seem small and insignificant, after all how much could it matter, however I believe it is the key to real living and relationship.
The choices we make in these quiet moments go on to work their magic throughout the day. Two distinct differences of choice physically touch our bodies and mind. “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” (Proverbs 17.22)
There are several options to avoid the gloom and doom. A large group of people meet every morning on the beach in Bombay to laugh away their troubles. I wouldn’t smile too much, it seems to work! Others I know follow strict regimens of meditation and reflection at set times. Again it seems to work for some people. I also know of few people who run after hedonistic pleasures, believing this god will solve every dark corner of their life. I have yet to find one witness to the success of this choice.
I see other option that most do not serious consider. The God I know is full of mercy, love, and acceptance; ready to wrap arms of compassion around any who are willing.
Bad things happen. Living is our choice.