Hi Friends and visitors of Second Chance to Live. I am glad to see that you decided to stop by and visit with me. I am not feeling physically well today. I believe I have a sinus infection or some other bug working on my system. Although I do not feel well, I am encouraged because I know, from past experience that slowing down will be help me to focus. My body apparently needs more rest, so I will relish in my opportunity to slow down. I will take advantage of my time to read and pray. I will work on other projects that use less physical energy so that my body can heal. I am encouraged because I know that I will accomplish a lot with my time while my body is fighting the infection.
Denying that I am not feeling well physically will not change my reality. In this very moment, I am feeling run down and not highly motivated beyond using my mind and fingers as I type about my experience. In my circumstances, which are out of my control, I am given different choices. I could allow myself to be discouraged and defeated or I can accept that my being sick provides a different set of wonderful possibilities.
My response to life’s experiences will affect my quality of living. In reality, I am ultimately the one who places a value of good or bad upon the experiences that occur in my world. My interpretation of those circumstances alway defines how I chose to live. My response to life’s experiences impacts how I experience my world and my life. Ultimately, I am the one responsible for placing a positive or negative appraisal on my circumstances and experiences.
When I believe what is happening in my world is favorable, I conclude that my experience is positive. On the other hand, if I judge what is occurring in my world as bad, I will conclude that the experience is negative. My perceptions and the value judgments that I place upon my circumstances will profoundly influence how I experience my life.
In conclusion, my perceptions and my value judgment’s can either enhance or inhibit my ability to be empowered through what I experience in life. Alternate versions of reality or fantasy will not change reality, but will only prolong my learning process. When I assume responsibility for my perceptions and value judgments I am empowered. In the event that I chose to deny my reality, I will not look for solutions nor will I realize that I have choices in life.
If I feel stuck or betrayed by my reality, I need to ask myself, “ Why do you feel stuck and betrayed by your circumstances?” I then need to look for solutions to be empowered in and through my circumstances. I do not have to be ruled by my circumstances. I am a loved and cared for by a loving God. I do not have to live life in guilt and shame. I can seek to use my circumstances to enhance both the lives of other people and myself. My experiences and circumstances do have to not trap me. I can look for solutions. I can be empowered in and through my circumstance. My creativity can be expressed even through what I may not understand. I can live life on life’s terms and I can be encouraged.
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