Weekly Topic Saturday #06: Mindfulness: Your Choices Have Power (Part 2)

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Good Morning, I pray that your week was filled with kind words and golden dreams. Welcome back to those who have been with me here at A Golden Dream. For my first-timers, a great big hello there, if you haven't already please check out my previous posts when you get a chance.


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“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

The Power To Choose


One thing that has been instilled in me since I was a child is that every choice I make has a consequence whether they be positive consequences or negative ones. On average people make over 35,000 decisions a day; imagine a lifetime, whew!


The power to make decisions over your life is one powerful element of anyone's life. The power to choose is freedom. For instance, when I turned 18 years old I was fresh out of the house, and in college, my freedom of choices truly began there. After leaving home and using the lessons and teachings my parents instilled in me, have shaped situations that brought out great outcomes, and kept me from making bad ones. Cutting loose from your parents leads you to advocate for yourself to make decisions that can potentially shape and mold your life.

We can't forget that we are human and we sometimes make bad mistakes. My point is being mindful of the decisions you make can impact you and others around you.


Choices Can Echo


As I have gotten older I have become increasingly aware of how my choices, my actions, and the consequences that accompany those choices can impact other people. That is why it is so important to be mindful of the choices you make; taking the time to consider what the outcome might be.


For parents, this is nothing new. Children monitor, mimic, and sometimes behavior on account of what they see and what has been modeled in front of them. How you act can affect their perspective.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6


I have to constantly remind myself to not lean on my own doing and to know that God is all-knowing. He is Omniscient. This didn't catch him by surprise and to know that he has everything under control. It’s as simple as that!


 

Some Choices You Can Choose For Yourself:

  • Your Environment

  • It can be the location of where you live. You can make the decision to live in a place that is safe or unsafe, but even if it's unsafe you can still hustle to change your environment for the better.

  • Your Own Happiness

  • Whether it is by yourself or with other people it needs to bring joy to you.

  • Being in a happy and healthy relationship. I want to put a pin at this point because I see so many people in dysfunctional relationships and they can’t seem to realize that it is not healthy. I can’t say this enough if it costs you your happiness and joy then it’s too expensive.

  • When you're going through hard times, you have a choice to look at your situation in the lens of positivity or negativity. The bible tells us, “the fire will test the quality of each person’s work” 1 corinthians 3:13

  • The Company You Keep

  • It’s vital to be mindful of the company you keep around you. If you constantly have people that are negative then your outlook is consistently blurred. Try to gravitate to like-minded people that will uplift, inspire, and want to see you do your best. Those are the people that you should be around. Pay attention to people that always need something from you and when you need something from them there nowhere to be found.


Before I Close, Consider these questions:

  1. Are you mindful of the choices that you make?

  2. What is a choice that you made that has a positive consequence?

  3. Do you agree that your choices can impact those connected to you? Why or Why not?

  4. Do you consider the actual consequences of making a particular choice?

  5. When you make a decision. Are you quick to act on them on impulse? Or, Do you ponder, reevaluate, and then apply it?



With Love, I hope that this post really wakes up whoever needs this. We as people need to know that our choices and decisions can alter our lives and the lives around us. So, in times of uncertainty or doubt to always lean on the Word of God for clarity and truth.


Remember that mindfulness is a skill that can be learned just as the choices we make have consequences. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has the right to change and choose.




~Just Breathe...A Golden Dream~


Amen.



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