The Choice is Yours

Wow. Has it really been a year since I actually posted in my blog? For some reason I have been posting on social media while completely ignoring my blog. I mean, I pay for it. Right? So may as well use it! Now that I have gotten that out of the way….

Ministerial school is quickly coming to a close for me. I cannot believe that it has been three years already. I sometimes look back and wonder where exactly the time has gone yet, I’m also able to look back and witness my journey of spiritual growth. I recently had a minister ask me about my path. The main thing I said to her is that I am absolutely not the same person who began the program.

One thing I do remember at the beginning was thinking about the fact that my schooling would take a total of four years (I must complete an internship after graduation this June). Four years! How in the world was I going to spend four years completing this program? I then remember thinking that it would take sooooo long! The thought then hit me however that those four years were going to pass regardless as to whether I was in the program or not. I only had to decide if I was still going to be sitting there four years later still wanting to complete the program, or actually having completed it. I probably don’t need to tell you which I chose.

One of the largest destroyers of our dreams can be our inaction. We think about something we wish to achieve during our lives and it stays just that…only a wish. We think about doing it, only to then turn around and think of all the excuses as to why we can’t. Excuses such as the following may enter your mind:

  • “I don’t have enough time.”
  • “I have bills to pay.”
  • “I’m not smart/skilled enough.”
  • “Me?? Do that?? I could never!”

That list can be endless and it can be debilitating. Those thoughts come straight from ego. Often we think of ego as being an overinflated version of ourselves. I picture the cartoon with the little angel sitting on one shoulder, the little devil sitting on the other. The angel is prodding you along, telling you how great you are, while the little devil is poking you with its little pitchfork, telling you all of the reasons why you can’t. The ego doesn’t always provide those feelings of grandiosity. You see, the ego realizes that you have the choice to push it back into the recesses of your mind. It knows that you have the choice to simply take it for what it is, and to ignore it. The ego however does not want to be ignored. It wants to remain right where it is; in the forefront of your mind. It wants/needs you to believe those excuses it provides because then it is allowed to thrive.

Like the cartoon, we have a choice. That choice is to take your hand and knock that little devil, the ego, off of your shoulder. Take a look around you and think about the people who have done just that. Think of great teachers, inventors, and others who have achieved greatness. They knocked the ego off of their shoulder and so can you.

Know that you are powerful. You have a choice and most importantly, you are loved.