The other day I was sitting in the waiting room of my chiropractor’s office reading a copy of Canadian Geographic. The editor was telling a story about people who were all being proactive about using renewable energy and sustainable living practices in their lives. Whether that was someone installing solar panels on their roof, planting a vegetable garden for their family to enjoy, or collecting water in rain barrels, all these people were making choices that were impacting the quality of their lives and, as a result, the lives of others.
While reading this editorial, I began to reflect on the power of choice in our lives and how we all have this God-given gift. And yet, it would appear there are many times we forget we have this life-altering power within us; this power to choose.
Right now in your head there may be a voice screaming about the insanity of all of this. After all, you did not choose to get cancer or to be abused when you were a child. You did not choose to be terminated from your job when the company downsized, or to be born into an age of great economic and environmental uncertainty. You did not choose to have a loved one commit suicide, or be killed by a drunk driver, or to have your spouse tell you that they were leaving you for another woman or man.
I know, and I hear your complaint. I often hear this voice too. Trust me, I do. And therefore, I invite you to simply become aware of this voice you hear in your head. It’s okay. Breathe deeply and simply observe while not getting caught up in its arguments. Observe its melodrama and its need for certainty – its need to be right, its need to feel safe and important, its need to be heard.
Remember: if we do not have choice, we are victims and our lives will be forever in the hands of fate. To that end, we will always be a victim of circumstance – be that the family we were born into, our genetic code, our past, our marriage, our job, our physical health, or whatever else we choose to focus our attention on.
However, if you and I do have the power to choose – if we truly do have free will – then, and only then, do we have the ability to create a beautiful, meaningful and deeply fulfilling life.
The Story of Nick Vujicic:
This all reminds me of Nick Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich). Born without arms and legs, Nick Vujicic, is an advocate for the power of choice. As you can well imagine, having no arms and legs creates many limitations for Nick. Take a moment and reflect on everything that you do with your arms, hands, fingers, legs, and feet. Now imagine not having them: what do you notice would be significantly different about your life?
This was the world that Nick was born into, and in his book, Life Without Limits he freely talks about his journey, his struggles, his despair, and his suicidal thoughts as a young adolescent. But he also talks about his personal discoveries and breakthroughs. Nick discovered that the answers he was searching for in his life were not really the answers at all. He discovered that life is not found in being “normal” like everyone else, or in being problem free; but rather in giving of self for the development of others.
He writes: “It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself and making a positive difference.”
Even without arms and legs, Nick Vujicic believes that his life has no limits and he daily embraces this attitude by the way he lives his life and gives of himself to others.
How about you?
What limitations have you placed upon your life? Do you live with the limiting belief that you are a prisoner of your past? Maybe you believe that it’s too late for you to dream and pursue a dream, to love and be loved, or to experience the greatest health and vibrancy of your life? If so, how is this shaping and influencing your relationship with yourself and with those close to you?
Right here in this moment, imagine if you could ditch these limiting beliefs. Imagine fastening these limiting beliefs to a rocket and firing them off into space to never be seen, heard or felt again. Imagine. And as you picture this possibility, what do you notice is different now?
Breathe. And enjoy this moment.
Today’s Unitas Project:
- Nick Vujicic pointed out that clarity of purpose and a meaningful life are discovered when we give of ourselves for the development of others. To that end, if you could only do one thing today that would be of benefit for someone else, what would you do?
- Have fun with this, and listen to how your body and soul feel as you intentionally give of yourself for the development of someone else.
“You can wish. You can dream. You can hope. But you must also act upon those wishes, those dreams, and those hopes. You have to stretch beyond where you are to reach where you want to be.” ~ Nick Vujicic
Until next time…
Be You. Be Unitas.
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