Saturday, January 28, 2012
The past few months as I've been researching which way I want to go with a fairly big decision, I have done quite a bit of soul searching (an admittedly dangerous thing to do). I've been thinking about what makes me happy, what will make me happy, and what decides that. I've been thinking about things I've noticed and learned from people around me. I've been thinking about people who choose to drive their lives versus those who's lives just happen to them. I've looked at people who came from the same background and gained totally different perspectives and wondered why, and what way would I have chosen?
I think of the life I planned for myself when I was 18, and where I am today. And those two lives don't match up, but both are good. I've been thinking about the power of choices, and how there are always, always options. And one of the biggest choices is the one to empower yourself.
I sat thinking last week during a quiet moment, and I thought "What will I one day want my kids to know? What would I want them to remember when they have big decisions?" And so, my dear sweet future children, here are the wonderings of your mamma:
1. You can do anything you set your mind to. If something doesn't seem possible, figure out a way to make it possible.
2. Know yourself. Know what you want. And then trust yourself.
3. Choose your inner circle wisely. Everyone has an opinion to share but only some of those matter.
4. Be informed. Know the good and the bad so there are no surprises. But then no complaining about your decision.
5. Set goals that can be accomplished by you alone and that don't depend on the choices of others.
6. Dream big, and then adjust for reality.
7. Be proud of your accomplishments. Be happy in the realization of your goals. But don't let material possessions define joy.
8. Fully rely on God. Choose to notice the miracles. And appreciate His many blessings, for they truly are so abundant.