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Oh, the choices we make…

This morning I was thinking about all of the opportunities we have to make choices.  Some of the choices we have may be easy, such as a simple selection of white or wheat, apple juice or orange juice, biking or hiking?  But other choices life brings us are often harder.  Yesterday I wrote about our friendships and sometimes with those friendships we have to choose when to savor and when to release.  As I have been focusing on relationships and the friendships of my lifetime, there have been times that I think I may have let go of a friendship too soon and on the other hand held on to one that I should have released. Sometimes these choices can be a catalyst to change in our lives.  In one of my session one classes I talk about what do you hold on to and what seems to hold on to you.  That is a great question to think about, are there some decisions you need to make about releasing yourself from a situation or releasing someone who needs to move on?  I have been very blessed to have so many close friends to at this time in my life.  I call them high caliber friends as they tend to bring out the best in me.  I can be myself and they support me and lift me up.  BUT…I wouldn’t have these great friends if I would have held on to other relationships that didn’t serve me. 

Today in your writing I want you to dive deep into your subconscious and think about the choices you have made regarding the friendships of  your lifetime.  When did you make a choice to change a friendship?  Have there been times when the choice was made for you by circumstances in your life?   Examine your friendships and see how you can be the best possible friend.  Friends are like colors, some of my friends are a beautiful blue, some are a hot pink and others may be a calming beige.  All my friends serve different purposes in my life and all are an essential part of what makes me uniquely me.  Spend some time today checking out your friends and make the choice to be who you need to be and make sure your friends are worthy of YOU!

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Don’t be afraid of change…

I think another great tool for your tool kit is this: don’t be afraid of change.  I think that many times in our lives when we get hit with unexpected news or a change in the direction we have been traveling on we fight and resist the change.  Are you struggling with or resisting some change right now in your life?  I blogged yesterday about my men’s memoir class and I have to admit that I struggled with the concept for awhile.  When I was approached last year about teaching men, I said “nope.”  It is amazing what the universe brings your way when you are resistant to change.  It all began last November when I began teaching the Writing for Wellness class at Eisenhower Hospital, a mixed group of both men and women.  Then last January I co-taught a 6 week course at Sun City Shadow Hills for both men and women.  I guess the universe was being gentle with me in leading me into another amazing group.  I am grateful for the opportunity I have to teach both men and women.  Friday, the amazing Stevie Nicks was here in the desert and one of her songs that is my favorite is Landslide.  I love to listen to it and let it remind me to be grateful for the “landslides of change” in my life.  If you are not familiar with the lyrics I included them, you can also visit youtube.com and see her performing this amazing song:

 

I took my love and I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too
Well…

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older, too
Well I’m getting older too

So, take this love and take it down
 and if you climb a mountain and ya turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well maybe
Well maybe
Well maybe the landslide will bring you down 

Examine in your life right now your seasons of change.  Are you in one right now?  Can the child within your heart rise above?  How have you handled your seasons of change?  Yes, you can rise above even the hardest of circumstances and come across those mountains in your life.  Spend some time in reflection today examining how well you have handled your seasons of change.
 

 

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.


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