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The Power of Choice

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Power of Choice

I remember a teacher who always said, “You are what you think.” But I know many today who think of themselves as victims. They complain about their circumstances, what someone did to them, what they didn’t get that they thought they ‘deserved’. And watching them I realize that whatever comfort they get from their perpetual complaining, they lead unsatisfied lives yet never take responsibility for the choices they make.

The old poet had it right when he penned the following:

“Watch your thoughts; they lead to attitudes.

Watch your attitudes; they lead to words.

Watch your words; they lead to actions.

Watch your actions; they lead to habits.

Watch your habits; they form your character.

Watch your character; it determines your destiny.”

Our silent and often subconscious choices do shape our future. Every aspect of our lives can be improved if we use our power to think, and make conscious choices about our thoughts, attitudes, words, actions, and habits.

Don’t be a victim, not even to your own powerful emotions. Feelings can be overwhelming, yet it’s during times of emotional tumult that using our power to choose our thoughts and attitudes is most important. Taking personal responsibility for our happiness and success can be scary, but the payoff is worth it. While we can’t make our lives perfect, we can make them better – if we choose carefully.
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HAWTGRANNY2014 8/21/2013 11:03AM

    Anna, when I first learned of my cancers, I thought that God was punishing me for something, then I realized it wasn't God who was punishing me but myself. All those years of bad eating habits, all that stored fat had turned into sludge and polluted my body. I did that to myself. It finally caught up to me.
We have to take care of ourselves. We have to learn to get rid of old bad habits and form new ones. It won't happen overnight. It will take time and energy. thanks for this blog. you are a real thought provoker.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 8/18/2013 7:50PM

    Wonderful blog, Anna!
It hits right to the heart of so many of the issues that various people face, too!
Thanks for sharing it!

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FRANKLY5 8/14/2013 9:41PM

    well said.
Very good advice.
As always, thanks for your wonderful attitude
Fran

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PCOH051610 8/11/2013 5:42PM

    emoticon thanks for this wisdom!

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ARTJAC 8/11/2013 2:56AM

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/10/2013 8:10PM

    thank you for super positive message.

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QUADCMOM 8/10/2013 7:28PM

    This is what we are studying in the Overcomer's class I am in at Church. I am overcoming being a food addict. Thanks for your blog.

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SUSIEPH1 8/10/2013 5:58PM

    Well said my friend .. Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/10/2013 5:16PM

    Great message and something that we can all use. I'm saving it as I'm sure I will have plenty of reasons to refer to it.

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KANOE10 8/10/2013 2:26PM

    Nice blog. Good advice.

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 8/10/2013 11:30AM

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GARDENQE2 8/10/2013 11:03AM

    So true! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 8/10/2013 10:59AM

    Great message and one I work on steadily.

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RDEE22 8/10/2013 9:57AM

    That is so true Anna. Thankyou! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 8/10/2013 9:42AM

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HELEN_BRU 8/10/2013 9:41AM

    Good advice!

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