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Make Good Choices

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i spied him through the drive-thru window… dark-rimmed glasses sat heavy on the bridge of his nose, bleached tips at the ends of his short, dark, spiked hair and big holes in his earlobes, filled with black plugs. he was maybe all of twenty years old. maybe.

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he smiled as he took my cash, and handed over my iced coffee. we exchanged pleasantries, and as i began to pull away, he rested his hand on his countertop, made direct eye contact with me and said,

make good choices today!

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his words sat with me all day. it’s what we always told our children when they were little, make good choices. it gave them power over their day. my husband especially, would say, you ARE going to have a day. this day is happening. you can [pout/be angry/be sad/be sick/etc], or you can make it a good day, but this day is still going to happen. make good choices.

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and i wondered as i made my way through my day, sipping my iced coffee, how i forgot that, the most simplest of instructions, the most basic building blockย of a good day. focus on the little choices. understand that there ARE choices-that i am never trapped. as an adult, i know that there might not be a great choice, but one choice will always be better than the other and there is always, always a choice, even if the choice is simply my disposition in the face of chaos.

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+ *all photos taken at the salt flats in salt lake city, utah

bda
  • August 24, 2015 - 10:27 am

    Southern Gal - Yes, this: “as an adult, i know that there might not be a great choice, but one choice will always be better than the other and there is always, always a choice, even if the choice is simply my disposition in the face of chaos.” As an adult, I have the ability and responsibility to make good choices each and every day. Thanks for sharing this, Patty!

    (We always tell our children to make good choices. And we add, “All choices have consequences. Good or bad, choices have consequences so think them through clearly and carefully.” Am I telling myself that? Hmm.)

  • August 25, 2015 - 9:45 pm

    Julia - I was just thinking about you today. So I pulled up finding serendipity. And here you are ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous photography. Good choice of pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ and words!
    So true- thank you for sharing- Good to see you on here again.

  • August 26, 2015 - 7:51 pm

    lisa - Oh my, the only thing more beautiful than your photos are the wise words that accompany them. I wonder how many people were told the same thing but dismissed his advice based on his appearance or age. Wisdom comes in many forms….and from many sources. Yes, we all need to think about the choices we make. For ourselves and the little eyes that watch us.

  • November 25, 2015 - 2:40 am

    Liz - You were on my mind today as I haven’t seen anything from you in my blogroll. I miss joining up with 1440 but know there must be a reason.

    Wise words and a great post. I hope to see you back posting soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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