donutLife is a matter of choice. Each day we wake up, a clean slate before us, a new canvas upon which we can paint the picture of our day. We can choose our outfit, our mood, our breakfast. Doughnut vs. diet, salad vs. salty potato chips. The choices are ours alone, and it can be exhilarating and at the same time overwhelming. As we navigate through the paths of our lives, events unfolding before us, we have a choice as to how we react, what we pick.

I’m sure that we have all, at some point, questioned how our lives may have been different. What if we had selected a different career path or a different romantic partner? What if we had been born to different parents? Would we be living a better life now, than the one we are living with the choices we have made?

It’s so easy to get caught in this thought process, and friends, it can be destructive. While it is definitely natural to wonder what may have been if our lives had taken a direction other than the one that it did in fact take, it is destructive because we allow ourselves not to focus on all that we have been blessed with, but instead, to focus on everything that we are missing.

Friends, I challenge you to live life with a grateful heart. I will be the first to admit that life’s circumstances can definitely bring in to question our ability to focus on all of the positives in our lives when negativity seems to be all that surrounds us; when painful situations dominate our lives and harden us. But I can state, from personal experience, that even the most painful of situations, even the darkest of times, can be temporary.

Friends, I urge you to choose joy.

Happiness is a choice. Anger, and a bitter heart and bitter mind are choices as well.

Even though the path may not seem clear at the moment, even if we are forced to question if the outcome may have been better had we reacted in another way, the reasons behind the circumstances we face will eventually come to light. I personally would like to arrive at these destinations with a joyful heart.

I hope that you will choose to do the same.

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