Choosing to Embrace Life

It’s not complicated to embrace life. You just have to make the choice.

Faith Hill

Some days it seems that life is much easier when we pretend we don’t have choices. When we merely react to situations, not taking conscious thought that we have a choice in how we react, it’s easier to blame our happiness – or lack thereof – on external circumstances.

If good things come to us and life rolls along smoothly – we’re happy.

If appliances break, the car runs out of gas, children misbehave, spouses wander, or jobs threaten our sanity – we’re unhappy.

But I’ve learned that it isn’t so. I’ve met friends that have more misfortune and calamity in their life than I’ve ever wish for. Yet, they remain cheerful and optimistic, always choosing to see the silver lining that exists in every dark cloud.

I have other friends that consistently whine and belly ache about the horrible happenings in their life – never once realizing how blessed they really are.

It’s all a choice.

So, too, is our decision to embrace life. It’s a choice we have, to live life fully with exuberance and joy, despite the minor obstacles and adversity that enter our lives. We can awaken each day and deliberately choose to embrace life in all of its delightful aspects. Live life fully. Approach tasks and chores with energy and vitality. Follow your dreams, yet also live and enjoy each moment in the present. Fill your life with laughter, joy, and good friends. Love and appreciate your family. Love with an open heart and appreciate each day and the life you have.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patricia Tilton
    May 23, 2016 @ 21:10:37

    What a very inspiring and uplifting post. I couldn’t agree more with you. I met a blind woman in Brazil who was the most cheerful person I’ve ever met. Everyday she walked into town and stood at the street corners and waited for someone to ask if they could walk her across the street. She saw that she was giving people an opportunity to be in service. She did it for others and not herself. I will never forget my time with her.

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  2. Sabiscuit
    May 24, 2016 @ 07:13:37

    You’re so right. We can choose to be overwhelmed by the small things or let them fade into the background as we look at the big picture. Great reminder, in an important reflection to always be grateful. xo

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  3. SpookyMrsGreen
    May 25, 2016 @ 10:07:03

    Yes, indeed, this is a timely reminder. Just this week I have been under pressure from several sources (demanding toddler, ill parents, work stress) and yet I doggedly remind myself to remain cheerful and happy because there is so much good stuff happening as well.

    By the way, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award to say thanks for your ongoing support with my blog 🙂 https://spookymrsgreen.com/2016/05/25/liebster-award-2016/

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  4. miladyronel
    May 26, 2016 @ 09:42:01

    Great post!

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  5. sharingiscaring00
    May 27, 2016 @ 17:51:28

    Faith Hill said, “It’s not complicated to embrace life. You just have to make the choice.” So true, but when I was younger embracing life was not so easy, it was in 1990 when I met my source of belief in Jesus that my entire life changed. Bless you for your encouragement as if you see my chemical peel on my blog day 3 I cannot work. I also struggle with self esteem for 7 years, say a prayer, xo Jackie

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    • trishafaye
      May 27, 2016 @ 18:15:24

      That’s true, Jackie. It makes it sound like making the choice is easy. But it’s not always so. I’m glad you found the source that changed your life!
      I will say a prayer for you, but I’m confident that you will get through and will see yourself as the shining star that YOU ARE!

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