I confess that I was well into adulthood before I realized that in any situation, I had a choice. It may have been simply to have a good attitude or a bad attitude, but I had a choice. Having that choice makes it easier to handle the many events in life that are out of our control.
I love the phrase, "you can decide not to be reduced by them." In my early years, there were many circumstances that reduced me because I didn't understand that I could choose otherwise. There was verbal abuse, addictive behavior, and my parents' unhappy marriage. I have worked diligently to rise up from the effects of those. All this has made me more self-aware, and better able to handle events without becoming less in the process. It is most definitely a daily practice to keep from slipping into old habitual behaviors.
Choosing a good today,
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