During last Saturday’s homily, something the priest said caught my attention: “Make every day a special day.” In other words, decide to make every day special.
Turning this thought over my head, I realized that this power to decide can be applied to other areas in life we have control over. Take moods, for example. We can actually decide to be happy . . . and yet some of us would rather sulk because things didn’t turn out the way we want to. That business we put up went bust. That guy/ girl we have our eye on has eyes for someone else. That item we’d been saving up for was bought by someone else. That position/ promotion we’d been praying/ wishing for was given to someone else.
Heartbreaking, I know! But life always gives us options!
Scenario: That business we put up went bust.
Options: Retreat and call yourself a loser or retreat and change your game plan or strategy.
Scenario: That guy/ girl we have our eye on has eyes for someone else.
Options: Pine your heartbreak away or work on yourself so that when the right time comes, the right person will be pining for you.
Scenario: That position/ promotion we’d been praying/ wishing for was given to someone else.
Options: Sulk and wail “Why not me?” or make peace with yourself and ask “What else can I do to make myself a better candidate for that position?” You may also take this time to reflect, “Gee, did I really want that job/ promotion in the first place?”
Pursuing one action or the other is a matter of deciding which option to choose. Why be contented with being a ‘victim’ or thinking like one when you have it in you to be a victor?