Everything you do in life begins with a choice. Even a choice of not to choose is a choice. That’s not an easy thing to grasp. Do you realize you will choose how to live today? You will choose everything down to if you end the day in tears or with a smile. You will choose how you live tomorrow too, and the next day and the next. That can be a sobering thought.
So many times we tell people “I have to do this” and “I have to do that.” But do we really? I believe we don’t “have to” do anything…we CHOOSE to do them. We have been conditioned to make certain choices without even thinking about them and some we make because we don’t want the potential repercussions that can happen if we don’t.
Think about it…
You don’t have to get out of bed…you choose to.
You don’t have to eat what’s in front of you…you choose to.
You don’t have to do what someones asks…you choose to.
You don’t have to take your meds…you choose to.
You don’t have to brush your teeth…you choose to.
You don’t have to smile…you choose to.
The list could go on and on with each thing you do today. Your choices today don’t just impact you and the very moment you are in either. They echo throughout life and create memories. They leave little footprints and cause ripples that affect others around you. I know some of you don’t believe me. You are reading this thinking, “That’s not true. What about the things I can’t choose? What about me having MS? I didn’t choose that.”
And you’re right. You didn’t choose MS, but you do get to choose how you respond to it. You choose if you will be angry, in denial, frustrated, or in fear. You choose if you will be determined or if you will give up. You choose.
Make choices today that give you a better tomorrow. No matter what you are facing, whether you are hurting, in debt, unemployed, unable to walk, in pain, weak…you choose how much MS will take from you.
Make the choice to live. Choose to be a better person today than you were yesterday. Choose to smile, laugh, appreciate others, help someone in need, love, care. It’s a new day. You choose.