Football season has officially started and I could not be happier. One area of (let's just say) contention is that my father is convinced that if I watch a USC game on tv I will jinx the game and cause USC to lose. This has been a sore subject for the past 5 years. SO, with one eye open I turned the game on last night (sorry SC fans). Sure enough, USC lost. Now, I am sure when I call my dad today he won't be too upset with me (yah, right), because it's only football (yah, right!) Which brings me to my blog subject today and that is the power of our intentions.
I have done my share of reading in my life. It started in my early 20's when I worked two jobs and went to college. I had very little money and actually chose spending money on books over going out and buying drinks. I figured that I would get much more out of the books long-term, and boy was I right. Common themes in the books I read back then were positive thinking, going after what you want, figuring out what it is you want, being real (authentic), and how to connect with others. Many books had spiritual components to them, many didn't. Which brings me to the beginning of this blog. Sure it is silly to think that I, somehow effected a football game (actually it's more than silly, it's absurd) BUT it goes to show the power in our thoughts. So, having a choice every day to look at a glass half empty or half full, why not choose full? Easier said then done, I know. And life can hit us with a lot of "stuff" all at once. But, I believe it is through the hard times, not necessarily the easy, that we find out what we are truly made of.
In closing a quote from William Jennings Bryan, " Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice." With that said, I say choose love, choose to see the good, choose to take responsibility for our circumstances, choose to live each day as if life is a gift and this moment is all we really have. Choose to be authentic, and choose people in your life that are not only with you, but are also for you. Choose to stretch and choose to grow. And finally choose to smile, because there is ALWAYS something to smile about. One final thought, I will not be watching any more SC games on tv this season( just in case my father is right) LOL. :) "We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it." John F. Kennedy. Here's to a great football season, win or lose. And here's to a season of success in our own lives. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success." Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize-winning medical missionary and philosopher. Choose happiness and everything else will fall into place.