I have been challenged by LG of Gobblefunk Words to participate in the 3 Quote Challenge, posting and writing about a quote that impresses me each day for three days, then tagging 3 people to do the same. I am terrible about tagging, but I will do my best – although, since tomorrow (Saturday here) I will be leaving the house fairly early in the morning, I may not make those 3 days truly consecutive.
In any case, here’s today’s quote:
“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” Kevyn Aucoin
Everyday I choose life. Everyday I need to remind myself that how that day goes depends largely on my choices – what I choose to feel, what I choose to be, what I choose to do. My choices are my choices, the results cannot be blamed on anyone else.
I am able to remember this most of the time. Yet, there are choices I made in my younger years that, looking back, were not the best. Usually the choices that disturb me are those that I think were not the best for my children when they were young. Those are the choices I regret. I must remind myself – frequently, fervently – that those choices are done now, they were made, they were survived, they were learning experiences. What is past cannot be changed, so castigating myself now helps no one and makes no difference whatsoever.
There were not so many of them, actually, so why do I harbor them? Why do I keep reminding myself of them? Really? I mean, I really am not a stupid person, I think, so what’s the deal? I will continue to make mistakes and choices. I need to remind myself to embrace my humanity, not deny it.
How about you? Are you letting things from long ago eat at you? Don’t. Don’t do as I do, do as I say.
When these times come, I need to sit back and stare at the Milky Way – as a reminder of how small all of those things really are.
Painting based on a photo by Heather of Snap Happy Gal Photography