my amazing sister (she's even better in real life) just published a blog post about commitment and it got me thinking. when i hear the word commitment, i think of Wanting something with a capital "W". do you really Want it? then make a choice and go for it.
so often we play the victim. we say:
i can't afford that. i don't have time for that. i wish i had a happy, easy life like her.
when what we don't realize is that so much in life is really a choice. what we really are saying is:
i choose not to spend my money on that so that i won't have debt (or, so that i can buy groceries, rent a cello for my daughter, etc.). i choose to wake up at 5 am to make time for the temple. i choose to read instead of fold laundry or watch t.v. i choose to be happy.
let me repeat that. i CHOOSE to be happy. i choose to make my life what i want.
our life is a series of choices. the choices we make let us know what really matters to us and what we really Want in our life. many things we do not have control over. but the great news is this: we are in control of our own choices. the only true control is self-control.
want to be a stay-at-home mom? live in a small house, plant a garden, cook meals from scratch, spend less and work hard.
want to be fit? prepare your own healthy food and sweat every day. then stop complaining that your body isn't perfect. nobody's is.
want to be a published author? put your bum in your chair and write while your friends meet for lunch and clean their houses and your husband relaxes in front of the t.v.
so many things in life are available to us if we choose them—if we choose to take the fork in the road that will lead us there and then keep on walking, regardless of the opposition that will surely come our way. all it takes is for us to make a commitment, and then remember that we Want it.
we are all powerful. we have the ability to make miracles happen.
what do you Want? stop making excuses and make things happen instead.