Friday, February 28, 2014

It is my choice....

Today I am, once again, teaming up with Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday.  This is a writing exercise in which you are given a one word topic and you write about whatever it is that word inspires in you for 5 minutes.  You don't over-think it or worry about editing.  You just write. Today the prompt is "Choose".

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Each morning, when I awaken, I make a choice.  I choose whether today is going to be a good day or a bad day.  I have found that this, like so many other things is simply a matter of deciding to make it the kind of day you want.

I choose whether I will be happy or I will be sad.  This is a choice.  I can dwell on the positive or I can roll over and pull the blankets over my head and wait for the day to be done.  This is especially an important decision for those of us, like me, who suffer from depression and anxiety.  It would sometimes be very easy to just lay in bed all day and ignore the world.

I choose whether I will treat those in my life with love or disdain.  Love, I have found, is not an emotion...it is a choice.  When you choose to love those that God put into your life, you choose to overlook any small irritations and concentrate on all the wonderful qualities with which they have been blessed.

I choose whether I will smile or frown. It is true, that it is hard to be in a bad mood if you are smiling. So even if you don't feel like it...turn that frown upside down.

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10 comments:

  1. I agree that we must choose how we will respond throughout our day. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Attitude is everything sometimes! Visiting from FMF. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Sam, hope your weekend is amazing too.

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  3. It's so powerful when you realize that you do get to choose happiness - no matter what! Keep smiling!

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    1. Very true Lisa. It is sad that we don't realize this when we are young and we make so many bad choices looking for the happiness that was there for us all along.

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  4. What a great reminder. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I would have never known that you suffered from depression and anxiety. You are always so upbeat in your blogging. I have anxiety and depression as well. I need to incorporate your way of thinking into my life. You couldn't be more right. It is OUR choice how our day is going to be. Well written Wendy!

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    1. I had to leave my job after a complete breakdown about 6 years ago. It was the most devastating time of my life. One day I just started crying and I could not stop....for days. Frank got me in for help and I never stepped foot in the department again. It was years before I could watch the news or any crime dramas. Investigating crimes involving children was extremely difficult for me. I couldn't sleep, I could not get those children out of my mind. I am still on medication and probably will be for the rest of my life. All I know is that I never want to feel like that again...it was awful. God bless all of us who suffer from these debilitating diseases and thank God that they now have meds to help us through it!!

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