Not long ago I was working out at the gym on one of those days when I didn’t feel like going.
I’ve learned the hard way to never let my feelings be the determining factor in making my decisions. This is how you end up with regret or buyer’s remorse.
If I only worked out when I felt like it, it’d be sporadic at best. My workout facility is right next to a delicious breakfast spot called Primo’s.
So, when I arrive at the gym, get out of my car and inhale, I smell pancakes. When I’m walking to my car after my workout and inhale I smell bacon, both of which I love (thankfully neither of these in healthy portions are bad).
One day I was on the elliptical wishing I was next door enjoying pancakes and bacon instead of climbing stairs that lead to nowhere. In that exact moment a thought came to me “Girl, the choices you make will make you.”
It occurred to me in that moment that every choice I make is making or breaking me and my life.
Choices can invite stress or relieve it. They can put the weight on or take it off, create clutter or calm, place us in healthy relationships or toxic ones, make us rich or broke, happy or miserable etc. You get the picture.
And I know from experience that making choices from current emotions seldom ends well. Making the same choices year after year doesn’t either.
This year we’ll make many decisions, a privilege given by God beginning with Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Before we choose this year what to think, belief, feel, listen to or do, let’s remember those choices will determine whether we look back at the end of the year amazed at it all or relieved it’s over.
The choices we make will always make us. Because changing our choices is how we change.
It’s just a thought.