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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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The tool of reflection…

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you  step by step, you know it’s not your path.  Your own path you make with every step you take.  That’s why it’s your path.”  Joseph Campbell

The above picture is of one of my favorite trails here in the desert.  I call this my Reflection/Releasing Hike. (I love the blue skies of the desert!)  I think another very useful tool to keep in our toolkit is the tool of reflection.  Reflecting on our life has so many healing aspects to it.  Reflect on the people who have come into your life: family, friends, teachers, etc.  How have they impacted your life?  Reflect on the growth you have made in your life.  When you have seen the most growth, what were the circumstances?  As I stated above, I call my hike the reflection/release hike.  As you reflect during this hike there are things you may want to release when you arrive at the top.  At the very top of this mountain is a special rock.  The rock is split in two and where the split is there are several small pieces of paper lodged inside.  These are my releasing notes.  I have released the fears of tomorrow there.  I have released those things that I have held on to that no longer serve me.  It is such a healing thing to do. 

Start today by reflecting on your life journey.  Record your thoughts in your journal.  Are there some things you need to release from your life right now?  Try writing them out on a  piece of paper and either bury it or burn it or do like I do and find a split rock.  The tool of reflection is a meaningful tool in your toolkit!

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