Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

The choices we make dictate the life we lead. Unknown

How many times have we quit when we should have kept going, and kept going when we should have quit? I’d be surprised if we can’t all think of times we should have kept going and other times we kept trying to make something happen that was never going to happen. Knowing which situation we are in can be the difficult part.

My son-in-law tells me of someone he knows who got a friend a job. It sounds like a good job, he was sick for a few days and when the guy who got him the job called him he said he wasn’t going back to work. This sounds like a situation where perseverance was needed, maybe the job and he wasn’t well suited. What he probably should have done is keep the job until he found something else so he could do the other things young men his age should be doing, finding a partner, and building a future.

Sometimes we have things we prefer to do, but they don’t always pay the bills and help us build a life. Writing is one of those things. There are people who make a lot of money off of the books they write, but most authors do not. This doesn’t mean we should give up writing, it might mean we should keep our day job.

Writing feeds my soul but the fact it can be a pastime, interest, and hobby instead of giving me my daily bread is freeing. It’s a side hustle that I enjoy, my life is better for doing it, and my life is opening up in ways it wouldn’t without it.

My life would be so much poorer without writing and art. I am blessed to have time for these pursuits.

Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: We are what we choose to be. Graham Brown

Some people can pursue artistic careers without a day job to pay the bills. Some may say the day job as insurance will keep you from reaching your full potential because you have a backup plan which means you aren’t all in. I do think I’ve found my niche, something that feeds my soul, something that is part of my life but not my whole life.

We all have to decide what “The Good Life” is to us. Last night sitting outside with my husband, daughter, son-in-law and new grandson it felt like we are living the good life. A long conversation with Mom and one of my sisters over the weekend, planting my garden, trying a new coffee my son-in-law found, and listening to my son’s seminar as I made breakfast, and coffee out with my husband. All of these add up to a wonderful weekend.

Is everything perfect? Define perfection. We can’t have everything; we often have to choose between two goods, and sometimes between the best of not-so-goods. Life is a choice and we come to forks in the road where we can only choose one path, the worst thing to do is not choose and stagnate where we are. We made those kinds of choices when we got married, had children, started a business, or changed jobs. Everything we do in life changes us and those we don’t do change us too. Life is about growth, change, and the decisions we make each day create our life. Those decisions might not seem big at the moment but over time going for a walk over not going for a walk, eating an apple instead of a chocolate bar, drinking water instead of soda, and not reacting to everything that irks us adds up.

It is unlikely we will be proud of every choice we make. Sometimes we can go back and make a different choice, sometimes we can’t. The more wisely we choose the better our tomorrow will be.

We are a product of the choices we make, not the circumstances we face. Roger Crawford

Life is all about making choices. Always do your best to make the right ones, and always do your best to learn from the wrong ones. Unknown

Every choice that we make creates consequences, consequences in the lives of others and we experience them in ourselves, those same consequences, every choice that we make.  And by the way the choices that you might think are the most important are not always the most important. Gary Zukav

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