Here are three affirmations to keep you on track this Thursday. The choice is yours.
- Everything in my life is a choice and I choose wisely.
- I always have the power to choose my reactions to life’s challenges.
- I choose to see the best me and be the best me all day long.
Some have called Robert Frost America’s poet. Clearly, his 1915 Poem, The Road Not Taken, is among the top poems in American history. One hundred years later, it’s still used as a metaphor in ads and stirs the hearts of adventurers and dreamers.
It gained some notoriety in the past couple of years ago when poetry critic, David Orr, claimed we have all misinterpreted the poem. Whether you buy the classic reading or this noveau twist, it never fails to inspire.
Here’s the poem read by the poet.
I am one with the ocean. The ebb and flow of the sea merges with my breath to create a profound calm.
Here is something to ponder today. We have two choices in every moment of our lives. Both are always open to us in every situation. We can change the world or we can change our thoughts about the world. One may take longer, but more universal. One takes just a moment, but can transform us.
What is not an option is helplessness. You were not born to be helpless. You were born to be great and amazing. There is never a situation that cannot be morphed by changing the world or changing your thoughts. Which tool you use depends on you and the situation.
For now, use today’s affirmation as you watch this stunningly beautiful video from The North Shore of Oahu, HI. Blend your thoughts, your breaths, and your transitioning posidigms into something great today. And, if for just this moment, experience Sir Edwin Arnold’s beautiful metaphor by becoming “the dewdrop [that] slips into the shining sea.”
Enjoy your North Shore meditation!
My life is built on choices not chances. Today I choose the life of my dreams and I live it now.
How often do we say it or hear others say it: “I’ve gotta do this or I’ve gotta do that.” It seems our society is obsessed with “gottas.” We stress ourselves over all the things we’ve gotta get done. What we have forgotten is that most of the things we’ve gotta do relate to choices we’ve made. Through time, we have convinced ourselves that theses gottas are necessities imposed upon us by others.
We seem to thrive on stress and worry. When one worry is resolved we seem to immediately start searching for the next thing to worry about like the addict seeking his next high. There is something within us that causes us to feel guilt if we aren’t doing SOMETHING.
Some might argue we gotta pay taxes, or conform to the law of gravity, or die. There are things that might be called the rules of life that we cannot get around. Why enslave ourselves by applying “gotta” to them? Most things we “gotta” do amount to no more than choices we’ve made related to who we are or who we think we are or who we think we’re supposed to be.
When you hear yourself saying “gotta” in any circumstance, ask the question, “Why must I do this? The “because” phrase that follows will tell who or what has conditioned you to think you “gotta” do that. “Because my mom wants me to.” “Because what would my wife think.” “Because God says so.” “Because I need it to be happy.” Your “because phrase” will also tell you what needs to be healed or let go of or faced to remove that “gotta” from your life.
If your “because” phrase is just old programming or isn’t really something you value, then you know you are dealing with a gotta that was once forced upon you from the outside, but now can be released.
Most of our gottas are really choices disguised as gottas. If so, then it really isn’t a gotta imposed by the universe, but rather value judgments we have made or allowed to be made for us.
We have power over choices whereas a true gotta is dictated to us. Thinking about things this way is very freeing. Realizing that most our gottas really aren’t and taking responsibility for making the choices we want in our life is the first step towards getting out of The Gotta Zone.
Wishing you a peaceful and positive Thursday….