I don’t like playing guessing games with life.
I like concrete answers.
I like people who are open. I don’t like people who have an agenda; you never know where you stand with them.
I like to organize-things, my schedule, my life. I don’t like chaos. I could write volumes about each of these but I’m going to settle on “OPTIONS” because “options” is really just another word for “choices”.
And I’m a big believer that we all have choices about most things in our life.
We’ve updated our big old farmhouse over many years. I had a general idea where I was headed. I wanted to ditch the heavy, wood-grained look and go for something crisper. I have made a lot of painting color choices. At one point, I had nine, nine, samples of white paint. I never realized there were so many different whites.
Painting the furniture, however, was a no-brainer. I had studied decorating websites and magazines for months and months and when the time came to decide, it all just kind of fell into place. I am fairly confident in my decorating abilities as it is one of my passions. It’s been my experience that when we’re passionate about something we’re usually good at it. I feel like I make good decorating choices. At least most of the time.
I have a cousin who is passionate about cooking and she’s a wonderful cook. I’m not passionate about cooking-enough said about my culinary skills.
But when it comes to people, our options are crucial. Things are just things but people can hurt us and they can be hurt.
For example, relationships can be damaged forever if we choose the wrong words.
Sometimes there are more options than the obvious but they usually only show up after we’ve let some time-lapse.
Many decisions can sit on the back burner for a while.
Often situations resolve themselves if we let them sit and simmer. That’s the wonderful thing about options. We even have options about our choices!
The holiday season is fast approaching. We are faced with all kinds of options, what to buy, what to bake, what to wear. It’s relatively easy to see these options. But we have options about everything. So let’s choose:
- politeness over rudeness
- kindness over meanness
- love over hate
- tolerance over injustice
- helpfulness over selfishness
- giving over taking
- generosity over stinginess
- initiation over laziness
- courage over fear
- respect over disdain
If we remember we have options, life can become so much easier.
God bless and have a good day.