Do you ever have those days when you feel like you have all your collective shit together? A rarity, I know. It feels great. You’re calm, relaxed, able to maintain a positive perspective, and even have a smile on your face as you walk through the office or down the street. It’s in these moments life is good.
The reality is that for most people days of calm and relaxation are few and far between. Half the time you’re running from one thing to the next while trying to eat breakfast, send off a last-minute email and chase the dog back into the house–at the same time and before 8:00 a.m. I’ve even been known to race my daughter to the bus while putting my shoes on as I run down the sidewalk–barely making it because I couldn’t wake up at 4:00 a.m. to get everything done! I haven’t even addressed the insanity that happens for most people after 8:00 a.m. So why do we continue to subject ourselves to days of insanity? Is it even possible for us to feel consistently relaxed and together in our modern-day age of hectic schedules and 24/7 connectivity?
I have good news. The answer is yes. It’s all about choice. And before you roll your eyes and say, “Yeah, right.” Choose to stop for a moment and think about this…
The Power of Choice
Fr. Norbert Weber
The power of choice is real.
We can . . .Choose to love–rather than hate.
Choose to smile–rather than frown.
Choose to build–rather than destroy.
Choose to persevere–rather than quit.
Choose to praise–rather than gossip.
Choose to heal–rather than wound.
Choose to give–rather than grasp.
Choose to act–rather than delay.
Choose to pray–rather than despair.
Choose to forgive–rather than curse.
Each morning, you have the power of choice. The most profound choice in our modern-day age is the choice to stop. You have the choice to stop, slow down and live in a state of calm. Yes, your life may feel like a constant hurricane or tornado, but you have the choice to exist in the eye of the storm. How do you stop when you’re already feeling out of control? Here are just a few additions to Fr. Norbert Weber’s already brilliant list…
Choose to say no to work, volunteering and enabling an energetically unhealthy person–rather than saying no to yourself
Choose to put away your phone, stop replying to text, looking at Facebook and answering email–rather than disappointing a child, pet, friend or your spouse
Choose to set time boundaries–rather than being on call 24/7
Choose to look up at the sky and in someone’s eyes–rather than racing to the next activity
Choose to do what you love–rather than doing what you loath
You have choice. When I ask people, “Do you ever have those days when you feel like you have all your collective shit together? Days when you’re calm, relaxed and able to maintain a positive perspective? Days when you have a smile on your face as you walk through the office or down the street? Days when you feel life is good?” The response I get is this, “Yeah, but it’s usually when I don’t have a lot going on.” Maybe it’s time you choose to stop and make the good life an everyday reality.