The has never been a more appropriate use of the phrase, TERRIBLE-HORRIBLE-NO GOOD-VERY BAD DAY. However, in this particular instance, it happens to be “MONTH!” Yes, that’s right, month! This month has been filled with illness, injury, loss, grief, mourning and farewells. My mantra for this month, “I choose JOY,” is derived from the wisdom of Holocaust survivor Vicktor Frankl, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” I cannot change what has been, nor can I alter certain aspects of my current situation, but I can choose my freedom—I can choose joy. I can choose to see that with loss comes healing, with every farewell comes a new beginning, with illness comes compassion, and with grief comes the opportunity to grow. There are many aspects of life that we can control, but so many that we cannot. In those instances, we have a choice. What will your choice be?
One committed to processing truth, finding light in the darkness, savoring the simple, and living fully.