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Choices, choices, choices…

This picture of my sister and me reminds me of all of the choices we have in life.  I smile as I see this picture and it looks like the pepsi can is as big as my head.  I can’t believe we used to drink soda as a kid, but we did.  Look at your life today, what are the choices you have to make?  Some of the choices are so simple, such as orange juice or apple juice…chicken or fish…coke or pepsi…

But in reality, we usually have some pretty tough choices to make in life.  I have spent my last two blogs talking about who we really are.  We do have the choice of what face to show to the world.  When you are smiling on the outside, what are you really feeling on the inside?  Can you really go deep within and see what is it that you are feeling? 

Do you feel safe to cry or scream or shout?  How do you handle loss?   Can you express yourself clearly.  I was reminded today of the importance of journaling as I taught a class at the Inter Valley Health Plan of Palm Springs on the importance of journaling.  You have a choice of what it is you want to say in the privacy of your journal.  Are you angry?  Happy?  Sad?  Fearful?  Write it down…don’t censor yourself, this is for you.  When you spend time journaling, you give yourself a gift of reflection.  Remember, this is a gift for you.  What I have journaled these last several months have been many hours of self reflection and examining what has happened in my life.  I have come away with a better sense of awareness and love for me. 

What choice do you have to make today?  Is it a big one?  Are you ready to reflect upon it in the safety of your journal?

We have a choice of who we surround ourselves with as well.  Today in class Pat read a beautiful piece she wrote about her friend Joy.  It was a gift she gave to the whole class.  We can choose the people with whom we hang out with.  There are basicaly two types of people: lifter-uppers and puller-downers.  We have a choice as to who we will be and to whom we will hang out with.  Spend some time examining who you spend the most time with. 

Journal today about your choices and experience a new sense of freedom!

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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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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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