The Right to Choose…

by Ellie

I appreciate the right to choose which road I travel

Today I Appreciate….

  • The Right to Choose – I get to make my own choices… I get to choose my thoughts…. I get to choose which road I travel

Years ago I would have told you “I can’t help how I think!” But I have learned I absolutely get to make those choices. Those thoughts running around in my head are mine – I can change my focus – I can choose to look at things that make me smile… look at things I appreciate.

When I first realized that I can indeed make these choices I have to say it was not always easy to change those thoughts! The patterns of thinking that we have can run deep and feel like they are putting up a fight! As I continued to choose my focus – those habits did indeed change.

Today it is becoming very natural for me to choose thoughts of happiness instead of getting caught up in what is going on.

I get to choose what reality I look at….I get to choose the expectations I think…. I really got to experience this yesterday when we took Kuva, my chocolate lab, to the vet to have a growth removed. I wrote all about it –

Whose reality are you putting your attention on?

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1 Maryann December 16, 2009 at 9:30 am

I appreciate this here Hot Pocket that I am eating for breakfast. I have one almost every day at work. It is tasty, quick and portable, cheap and fills me up for most of the morning. I think it is wonderful that there is a lot of food choices out there that fall into this catagory. Some I like, some I don’t. I choose what is RIGHT for me; I disregard what others say is right or wrong. This is something new to me; especially when it comes to food I would always listen to what everybody else was saying and not listening to what I had to say. I now know that I had it a little backwards – and that is ok, because I am shifting that.

I appreciate all the wonderful people that come and go in my life; some stay for extended periods of time while others have a limited engagement. These people are my teachers. My interactions with them are what help me see the person I am, who I want to become (by listening to that inner voice) and help me to know what love can be.

I appreciate that Mick is taking me out to dinner tonight. Sushi! Yum! It is really a cool thing; Mick hates fish. However I got him to try what is probably the type of sushi a beginner should try: a California roll (real or imitation crab meat and avocado). He really liked it! He is so excited to try more, which is so wonderful to watch. He would not eat chicken before he started going out with me; now we have it at least once a week!

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2 Carol December 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Appreciation — well, I am in the process of improving my computer skills, and my job requires new skills as there have been many changes lately. Some of the opportunities that have presented themselves are due to my heretofor limitations (which are diminishing) and some have been due to system problems. Not always easy for me to tell the difference. I know everything always works out for me, and this situation is also. I am very appreciative of the new information I am learning and new applications and queues I can now use in our system, I am very appreciative of the bosses and coworkers who are unendingly patient with teaching me, and the ITT people who have graciously fixed the system challenges as they occur. Just today, one of these people with whom I have been dealing sent out a general email to all staff enumerating system upgrades and “fixes,” and he sent me a private email with information. How nice of him to take that extra time!

I am so appreciative of the vet who takes care of the medical needs of our menagerie. She works very long hours tirelessly, does several surgeries in a day as well as seeing, assessing and treating many patients. I believe veterinarians are super practitioners because they work “in the blind” without being able to discuss symptoms with their patients, and their treatments are usually “on spot.” She took care of our Kuva yesterday, adn he is resting rather comfortably today after a surgical procedure.

I appreciate Troy where I work. I live in the boonies. When I come to work, I can go to a large variety of stores within very close range of my job if I need to do so. I always liked Troy since I started working here many years ago. It has great restaurants too. The building I work in is right on the Hudson River. Being a Long Islander, I appreciate seeing the water when i am here. There’s a window in the front of the building through which I have seen both vibrant storm clouds coming in as well as a stunning rainbow over the rooftops. A window in the back has afforded me views of exquisite sunsets over the river and the outlines of the bridges spanning the water. I do like Troy!

And for now, I will end wioth appreciation for this website/blog. Sometimes, I am in that “yukkie” mode where my feelings could go either way, and i come to this blog which allows me to read the appreciations of others and say to myself, “Yeah, that’s great!” And it provides the opportunity for me to focus on pleasureable things in my own life. My vibration always raises when I am on thie site. Thank you, Ellie………..

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3 Ellie December 18, 2009 at 12:59 am

Mick is brave!

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4 Ellie December 18, 2009 at 1:01 am

You are getting very good with those computer skills – soon we will have to give you the name of “Geekle” 😉

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