For a very long time, maybe a little longer than I’d care to admit, I thought that if I made a plan and stuck to it, life would turn out just as I wanted. I kept thinking that if I just worked harder or was more determined I could change things. Needless to say, my journey thus far has shown me otherwise. The reality that I wasn’t the one running the show left me feeling like a victim of circumstance, as though I had to wait for better days to come. And then I realized something.
I could choose to be upset that life wasn’t working out the way I had planned OR I could choose to embrace my life right now. Either way, it was my choice to make. Have you ever thought of it that way? That even though you can’t control life, you still get to choose how it plays out? That was a life changer for me. Understanding that regardless of what was going on in my life I would always be able to choose how I reacted to it, set me free. I could choose to be bitter about what wasn’t or I choose to find joy in what was. I chose the latter.
One of my favorite quotes is this one by Marjorie Pat Hinckley, “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” I don’t think truer words were ever spoken. Once I made the choice to embrace my perfectly imperfect life, a whole new world opened up to me and I began finding joy every single day. What about you? Are you choosing joy every day?
Heather Hamilton is our *NEW* Inspiration contributor. She’s the wife to one and the momma to three; two that live in her house and one that lives in God’s. You can find her sharing her journey to becoming the girl God created her to be over at her blog, Life Made Lovely, and sharing her love of handmade in her new shop, The Paperie.
She’s the founder of the Joyful Life Library and is the curator of The Joyful Shop, which uses 100% of it’s profits to support the library project. She’s also the Creative Director for Beautifully Rooted, a site for creative Christian women. And every day, she chooses joy.