I received an email from a travel site I follow today and the subject caught my attention. It read:
“What destination will you choose?”
That was powerful to me because it really is that simple. Your destination is your choice. Wherever you want to go, you can go. Whoever you want to go “there” with, you can take along on your journey. It really boils down to what you say yes to and what you say no to on this flight called life. Most of the people complaining about their lives must have forgotten along the way that they were the ones who made the decisions that they’re living with. Have you ever encountered someone who talks the entire time about how empty and dissatisfied they are about their circumstances? They don’t like their house. They hate their spouse. They despise their job. Wish they had a different wardrobe and better car to drive. They want to be healthier and in better shape, and the list of their complaints goes on and on. Funny thing to me is, they chose all of the things they are constantly fussing about. So if that is you or someone you know my advice is simple. Make some new choices today. Sell or give away the clothes you don’t like. It’s great weather for a garage sale. If you don’t like the car you drive; trade it in. Hate your house, put it up for sale and move into one that makes you happy. Spouse making your life miserable, no one is forcing you to stay in a relationship that makes you miserable. The bottom line is, many people act as if they think it’s their house or car or job or family that’s responsible for their happiness. Then after they dump their reality and start a “new” life; they often come to the startling reality that they still aren’t happy. That you can’t blame other people for your choices. This also tells me the destination is not as important as your mindset on this journey. If your attitude stinks and you’re constantly comparing and dreaming of another life; you are your biggest enemy when it comes to enjoying your life. The destination is a goal but it is not intended to be the start of your happiness and contentment in life. The quality of your life starts with how you think.
Today, I want you to make a deliberate decision to be grateful and to love your life right where are. Give yourself permission to take delight in what you have and who you are. Count your blessings. Look around and find the things that bring you back to a state of gratitude. If you need a little more help to see how blessed you are, visit a children’s hospital. Go volunteer in a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen. I guarantee you there are people who have learned how to smile in circumstances that are far worse than what you’ve ever been through. Learn what it means to be grateful and you’ll never complain again about your journey. Everyday is a new day and YOU have the choice to frown or smile. Choose TO BE GRATEFUL. Choose to be intentionally happy, because whether you want to believe it or not; things could be a lot worse that they are for you. Where are you going?
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