No one is ever free from bad circumstances or tough conditions – that’s life – but whatever life throws at us, the way we CHOOSE to react, is up to us. We have the power to CHOOSE how to respond to everything we are faced with, whether it is a personal tragedy or crisis, a professional challenge, or just everyday life.
No matter what we are faced with, we always have choices. And we make choices. Even when people are faced with very similar situations, they don’t choose to deal with things the same way.
Having lost my mother and two younger sisters in an Air Canada plane crash, I am living proof that people can survive and thrive after tragedy.
When I think back to those teen years, I realize that it occurred to me, even then, that my life was comparable to Dorothy’s in the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her little dog Toto, were caught in a tornado and swept away to a land beyond the rainbow – the land of Oz. She didn’t just stand there. She didn’t walk aimlessly in circles. She embarked on a courageous quest to find a way to return home.
She chose to lean on the wonderful people she met as she followed the Yellow Brick Road – the people who were caring, positive and sincere – Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, the Munchkins, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Lion. Following the Yellow Brick Road together, they did their best to dodge the bad guys — The Wicked Witch of the West and the Flying Monkeys – the ones who were miserable, negative or mean.
Yes, like Dorothy, I intuitively understood that the decisions and the planning for the direction of my life was up to me.
Even as a young teenager, I understood that in life, we have choices. We always have choices. And so I made – and continue to make — some critical choices every day.
Here are eight important happiness-inducing CHOICES or strategies for people who want to choose life over sadness, bitterness or basic existence – for people who want to choose to be happy and successful.