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Choose life

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”  The Bible (NIV), Deuteronomy 30:19,  Accessed from Bible Gateway

Today I choose life

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” — Kevyn Aucoin
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Whatever choice you make makes you

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Choices

Choices.  Which one is the best?  Which one do I want?  Just choose one.  I want both — don’t make me choose one.  I don’t want either — don’t make me choose one.  Sound familiar? These are the kind of thoughts we have all had while trying to make choices.

While we all enjoy having the freedom to make our own choices actually choosing can be difficult.  There are times we really wish someone else would choose for us.  But that rarely works out, does it?

So why can it be so difficult to choose?

Fear of making a mistake/fear of the consequences.  What if I make the wrong choice?  What if my choice just makes things worse?  Do I really want to be responsible?  Am I ready to live with my choice?

Both choices appear equally good.  In this case, we may wish we could have both.  Sometimes we can have both, like a scoop of ice cream on a piece of our cake.  Other times we really do have to choose just one good thing.

Both choices appear equally bad.  There just wasn’t a good choice.  People of all political persuasions were saying that after the last U.S. Presidential election.  When there doesn’t appear to be a good choice we can always regret the choice we did make — even if the choice was not to chose.  If you choose not to choose you are giving other people the right to choose for you.

Peer pressure.  It can be difficult to make a different choice than it appears everyone else is making.  This happens when we live differently than those around us as well as being the lone vote for or against something in a group decision.  Making choices can be lonely.  But sooner or later we all have to choose — something.

Please join us this month as we look at some of the choices we make and how we make them.  Feel free to leave your comments below.  Give us some tips on things you use to make the decision making process easier so everyone reading these articles could use them. I would love to get a discussion going about this.

How Could Anyone Ever Tell You…

“How could anyone ever tell you, you are anything less than beautiful” are the beginning words of a song written by Libby Roderick for a friend who was having a hard time.  At that time she did not imagine herself as a professional musician and never imagined this song taking on a life of it’s own.  But that is exactly what this song has done.

This is a song that makes grown women cry, but it is also a song that is being used to heal and empower both women and men around the world.  I chose this particular video because it shows Libby and an audience with grandmas, young women, little girls and male allies singing in beautiful harmony.

Who Measures Up?

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

When it comes to the world’s idea of beauty, who really “measures up?”  Is it even possible when the picture of the “ideal body” is constantly changing?  Not to mention that ideas of beauty vary from culture to culture.

I was born in the late 1950’s so the picture of physical beauty I grew up with ranged from Marilyn Monroe to Twiggy to Christy Brinkley.  I also got a good dose of “stand up straight, don’t slouch” and practice walking with a book on my head for “good posture.”  Everyone was striving for “perfect”  36/24/36 measurements.

My mother did not feel good about her own appearance and transferred her concern about her own weight to concern about mine.  As a teenager I always felt fat.  I always felt ugly.  Now looking at pictures from that time I realize I wasn’t.

Growing up is difficult and adolescence is not for the faint of heart.  It is a wonder that we (and our parents) survived this time.  The awkwardness of trying to grow into changing bodies is something we do not realize will pass as it is happening to us.

The fresh faced beauty of a young teenage girl is amazing.  But how soon does the pressure begin to change some things and cover up others?  As a teenager I fought with my mother over wanting to wear makeup only to give it up completely in my 30’s.

I think it is important to remember that anyone can be a role model. A woman who is comfortable in her own skin and reveals her true inner beauty to the world can do more to help young women develop a healthy body image than all the supermodels in the world.

So the next time you are contemplating saying the words “I’m so fat” or “my nose is too big” or any other disparaging comments about your own body in front of your daughter stop and think.  Is this really how you want her to think about herself?

 

Cultivating True Beauty

“Physical beauty
that comes from keeping up appearances
can only be maintained temporarily,
but beauty that takes
authenticity and sincerity as its foundation
is timeless and eternal.

Whether we are young or old,
if people give rise to joy upon seeing us,
then this is true beauty.

So, if we want to embody true beauty,
we must first cultivate purity and wisdom
in our hearts.
Only the beauty that emanates
from the truth and goodness of our hearts
can be called true beauty.”
― Shih Cheng Yen, Mirror of the Heart: The Power of Mindfulness

The Real Beauty is Within Usf

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“We turn outward, attracted by the beauty we see in created things without realizing that they are only a reflection of the real beauty. And the real beauty is within us.”  —-Ernesto Cardenal