“We have no choice of what color we are born or who our parents are or whether we are rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we are here.” ~ Mildred Taylor …
There seem to be two lines of thinking available to us: one involves us being the victims of life–our circumstances, our lack of specific traits or talents, or our perceived lack; this view holds us back from realizing our potential because it places the power outside of ourselves. The other one, however, elevates us beyond the circumstances of life, empowering us to grow to our full potential and to flourish. The truth, as Mildred puts it, is that we have no choice of our lots in life; we do however, have the choice over what we make of our lives once we are here.
Many individuals think that life is a result of external forces conspiring against them–such as the belief that being born into a poor family relegates one to a life of poverty, or being of a certain gender, race, or personality type will ensure that one will never advance in the directions in which they wish to go. And historically speaking, some of these limitations did exist–women could not aspire to many of the careers they can today, and minorities were unable to do many of the things they can now. Yet one of the most important tricks in life is to recognize and accept certain limitations and then find your directions in life with those limitations in mind. For instance, I (hypothetical) would enjoy being a professional musician, but I really do not have the ability or coordination to play instruments well enough, nor do I have the time to dedicate to improving my abilities to the point in which I could be an expert musician. Therefore, I have looked elsewhere to find other things to do that are just as fulfilling to me.
Regardless of our circumstances in life, this world is chocked full of opportunity. It may not always be clearly evident, and it may require us to make some sacrifices, take some risks, and enact acceptable changes in our lives, but if we do make the decision to seek out opportunity, we will eventually find it. Perhaps the real risk in life is found in avoiding it–in neglecting to take the risks that are necessary for us to create opportunity.
Make choices that empower you to reach your potential in life.
Questions to consider:
What do you want you life to be? What are you doing to make this happen?
What are some of the choices you will be facing in the near future? What will those choices mean for you and your loved ones?
How can we tell which choices will be good for us?
For further thought:
“The greatest power God gave us is the power to choose. We have the opportunity to choose whether we are going to act or procrastinate, believe or doubt, pray or curse, help or heal. We also choose whether we are going to be happy or whether we are going to be sad.” ~ Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz