Another day. A long day yesterday and another long day ahead today. How to keep focused, creative, and open. And how NOT to succumb to the darkness in its many forms: anxiety, irritability, hostility, despair. How to choose love.
When it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about. Simple choices. To consciously decide, “I’m not letting my mind go there.” To choose instead, “Yes, this is where I would rather my attention be.” We all fill in the blanks as to what exactly those choices mean for each of us in a given moment.
Simply being aware that there ARE choices to be made is half the battle. So much of life feels as though there are NO choices. When this is the perception, we are no longer free. We have lost the “glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Love is a choice, not a compulsion.
It makes a big difference how I start the day. Claiming the freedom at the outset helps a lot. A certain momentum of consciousness is established that makes it more likely that I will make good choices as the day proceeds.
Sometimes the choice is simply to stop, to take a deep breath, to remember I’m alive. To remember that God CHOSE that I be alive (it was the one thing I had absolutely no choice in whatsoever), and that the only sensible thing to do is chose to say “yes” to that first choice of God’s. To remember that no matter how thick the darkness may appear to be, “nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39), even all my not so great choices I may have made in the past.
When we discover we have stumbled, that we have been making choices that are leading us deeper into the darkness, the present moment presents us with the choice to begin again — to chose whatever it means to turn once more towards the light. The choice to begin again is always better than the choice to beat the crap out of ourselves for having made lousy choices of the recent past.
Begin again. Now.
Let it be a good day.