There is always choice



“No one controls your destiny. Even at the very worst – there is always choice.”

Princess Nastoya in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

American fantasy writer, Gregory Maquire was born on this day in 1954

Even in the worst of life’s situations, there is always a choice.

Seriously, life may be incredibly stink-ish at times. And all of the available choices may smell.

But, there’s always a choice.

How do we react? How to we respond?

We all have things we’re faced with. If you’re reading this blog your challenges may seem horrible and overwhelming. But reality is that they’re most likely not life-threatening. Most likely.

So, how do you deal with that unreasonable boss? That annoying co-worker?

How do you deal with the ever dwindling bank account? Or needed house repairs, or…well, you get the idea.

Life was never meant to be easy. The world or this country doesn’t owe us anything in spite of what Bernie’s supporters may think.

Oh, did I go there?

Yes, I did and I’ll just finish the thought by saying that we make our best choices when the government gets out of our way and lets us run our own lives.

Don’t argue with me. Think about that.

Daily we make choices that seem inconsequential. What to wear. Starbucks or Panera, Donut or bagel. Walk or read.

You get where I’m going with this.

The choices we make today may not immediately change our circumstances. But collectively if we get up and take our backsides to the gym, if we brew some coffee at home rather than hitting the drive-thru, if we turn of the television and read, or perhaps get to bed earlier, eventually change will come.

Your choices are your own. Your circumstances will vary.

You can’t control what happens to you. But you can control how you respond.

Choices aren’t easy.

But, there’s always choice.

On a side note, while I love the musical Wicked, I choose to prefer the book version.

Also born on this day in 1891, American composer and songwriter Cole Porter (died 1964). Long time readers will recall that my stage debut was in Porter’s Anything Goes.

I’m choosing not to tell you the year.


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