We always have a choice.

We always have a choice. Always.

We can choose to respond or not respond.

We can choose action or complacency.

We can choose courage over fear.

We can choose gratitude instead of lamenting the things we don’t have.

We can choose starting over or hanging on to the past.

We all know this. We all know we have choices, but do we consciously choose?

Do we realize that every day, all day, we are choosing?

I find myself scrolling a screen instead of spending time in prayer. I allow myself to get upset instead of choosing to remain calm. I eat salty calories instead of whole foods. I talk before I listen. I give in to my emotions rather than seek clarity. I take responsibility for other people’s burdens, insecurities, and opinions.

Do we realize that every day we CAN choose?

In my therapy sessions, I’m often asked, “How did you deal with the feeling of [disappointment, rage, fear, insert any other crummy feeling here] when that was happening?” to which I often reply,…

“I just kept pushing through. I didn’t have a choice.”

We always have a choice. Always.

Crying is a choice. Folding is a choice. Being angry is a choice. Resentment is a choice. Hopelessness is a choice. Sadness is a choice. Insecurity is a choice. Fear is a choice.

I pray today that I am aware that I can choose. I hope I consciously, deliberately make efforts to choose what’s right for me, my mind, my body, my heart.

I pray I choose the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I pray this for you, too.

We always have a choice. Always.

Published by Amanda Herring, Writer

Practical wisdom, joys and pains, motivation and tough love, from the perspective of a Mississippi mom, traveler, business owner, goal crusher, substance seeker, and full-time dreamer

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