Miserable or strong

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“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castenada

The amount of work is the same, and it involves all those little choices we make about how we perceive things, the stories we tell ourselves, the thoughts we choose to entertain, and the ways we decide to respond. Those little choices add up to making ourselves either miserable or strong. Which one are you choosing?

Let death be your advisor

old tombstone in the shape of a cross

“Let death be your advisor.” ~Carlos Castaneda

When facing a difficult decision or selecting goals for your life, the reality of your death and the shortness of life can be a great advisor by adjusting your perspective to those things that matter most. When death is your advisor, the superfluous quickly falls away leaving the options that best align with your inner values highlighted.

Choose joy

sculpture of a child with a butterfly resting on one hand

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~Henri Nouwen

It’s so easy to get caught up in our duties, responsibilities, and the challenges that face us every day that we miss the opportunities to choose joy along the way.

By choosing joy—choosing to watch for it, to give it our attention, to embrace it when it arises—we make space for it to blossom in our lives. It’s a choice we need to make over and over again every day to keep it from being drown out in our worries and cares.

How are you choosing joy today?