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I LOVE this song... and I DETEST this song:
I LOVE it because it makes me thinks of my Momma. When I was a kid, she would go around the house singing it. Momma had a rich alto voice, and I loved to hear her sing.
I DETEST it because of the message: que sera sera... what will be, will be.
NO! I emphatically disagree with the message that we are like dead fish, just floating downstream in the river of life. Victims with no choices. No, no, NO!
Yes, I believe in the sovereignty of God. Yes, I believe He has a plan for our lives. "Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
But no one sent ME a blueprint of that plan, not specifically. I don't know the details. So I am still responsible for my CHOICES. I must still make the effort. I must still work and plan and believe and DO. To try to live that life and be that person I believe I was created to be.
Yesterday, after my Warrior toon post, I had a doctors appointment to do a nerve conduction test on my hands. Whole long story... but bottomline I need minor surgery on both hands. Frustrating is an understatement. It was kinda funny, in a black humor sort of way, that I had just posted, proclaiming my Warrior status!
I cried on the way home... I didn't want to stuff my feelings like in the past. And I had to face the fact that my past choices contributed to this present condition. Yes, being overweight played its role. And that lands smack dab in MY lap of responsibility. Choices have consequences.
But life goes on. And we can live it UP, or feel sorry for ourselves and live it DOWN. I choose UP. I can do this.
Want to know what really drives me nutso?? Hearing people say "I can't", when what they really are saying--only don't realize it--is "I won't".
I did that for too many years. And consequently, I lost a lot of years staying "morbidly obese", thinking "I can't".
Because if you THINK you can't... then you CAN'T. You don't even try. Or you try, and when it gets "hard", give up.
I know... I did THAT, too.
We have so much more ability than we realize! We have been blessed with this amazing thing: the power to choose.
All day long, in all areas of our lives, we make choices.
Little choices... bigger choices. But they all add up to one thing: they are creating OUR LIFE.
Next time you catch yourself saying "I can't"... trying asking yourself if that is really true. Or is it really that you "won't". It might change your world, like it did mine!
"Oh, The Possibilities"
Art by Retta
Today's Peek at the Past
From Day 16, August 25, 2009:
I don't have all figured out yet, but I know it is a truth: learning this is a spiritual journey.
...Personal, different for each one...like walking down a country lane and there is a slight curve in the road just ahead, and I can only catch a glimpse of what is there...it looks inviting, somewhere I know I want to go...but I haven't arrived yet...
Adventure, a getting to know the One and myself...a Becoming...choosing to be brave, not shrinking back into a safe place...growing up...changing from worm to butterfly...
(For complete post "The Invisible Journey" click HERE)
From Dr Phil's book: "Be willing to challenge every behavior pattern."
My verse for today: "Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit."
My quote for today: "Between stimulus and response, one has the freedom to choose." --Stephen Covey
Enjoy the Journey,