Choose LIFE.

July 26, 2014

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One day I’ll look back on this and smile, because it was life and I chose to live it.

I’ve been talking a bit with a friend about fear: the kind of fear that prevents us from stepping out into something new.

But here’s the thing:

Some things will go well.

Some things won’t go as well.

But we really won’t know unless we take that step out into the unknown.

And hardly anything in life is so unforgiving that life will be ruined if it doesn’t work out.

Whenever I see a sign that says CHOOSE LIFE?

That’s how I interpret it.

Choose LIFE.

Because the alternative of sitting comfortably and thinking of what might have been isn’t quite as appealing.

34 comments on “Choose LIFE.
  1. Ryder Ziebarth says:

    One of my least brave areas. I hate rocking my own boat.

  2. This was just what I needed to read today! For far too long I let fear rule my life, what I stopped doing that my real life began! xo

  3. So true Carol. I choose to try new things all the time. I don’t want to look back with any regrets!

  4. Donna says:

    Life and all it’s detours decided on me. Where I thought a comfortable place in the choir was just fine, life instead put me right out front, wearing a metaphorical thing. I forever feel exposed, unable to find footing. Life keeps shouting, “I’ve got you!!” And I keep hanging on to anything that floats by. I am getting better. But it is a daily struggle

  5. OK…don’t laugh…but the visual I give my high school students is that we are like chocolate chip cookies!. We take some of the bad tasting ingredients (I make them taste them!) and some of the good tasting …mix them together and bake them in a ridiculously hot fire…in order to get a fabulous cookie…then we eat cookies!! It takes the bad and the good to make it happen! I always CHOOSE LIFE and CHOOSE TO BAKE… in order to get a great cookie!

  6. Donna says:

    Metaphorical thong…..

  7. Valerie Rind says:

    The new thing doesn’t have to be a BIG thing. You don’t have to shake up your whole life (although there’s that). It could be as simple as wearing a color you’ve never worn.

  8. Lisa Froman says:

    I can be such a wus. I’m still learning, still growing. Wish I were braver but I am working on it!

  9. Carol Graham says:

    Fear is such a thief and robber. I am always amazed when I realize how many people are controlled by fear. We all experience it but we have to choose not to succumb to it. It can have such a negative affect, right? Thanks for the encouragement

  10. Roz Warren says:

    Carol I know I can count on you to be upbeat, uplifting and inspiring. 🙂

  11. Absolutely! Life is far too short to let it pass you by! You’ve got to capture every moment. But sometimes … God or life has a way of slowing you down if you won’t heed the signs on your own. I sprained my ankle this wk as I was rushing and not paying attention to the moment I was in.

  12. Lana says:

    “And hardly anything in life is so unforgiving that life will be ruined if it doesn’t work out”. Wow. Those are very powerful words that went right to the heart of some issues I’m having right now. Very helpful – thank you for writing them 🙂

  13. Mary Buchan says:

    This is so inspiring and reminds me of the song Brave by Sara Bareilles
    This is my desire for all of us!

  14. While I plunge into new things and ideas really fast, sometimes it is the ordinary everyday things that I find hard to change. Another inspiring read, Carol.

  15. Someone I know who is rarely overwhelmed, stressed out, conflicted, etc said “I choose happy.” She doesn’t just say it because it sounds healthy, but literally walks away from anything with potential to pull her into an unnecessarily disgruntled state of mind. It’s one of those things you hear and hear again, and then realize, it’s not just a “meme”, but a way of life. I choose happy, and I viewed your message along these lines. Choose. Then honor the choice.

  16. Kathy says:

    To me, Choose Life says to Choose to be free of worry and just live. This is something for myself I can deal with but as the mother of two under 5, stepping away from worry is one of the hardest vices to break. I seem to be incapable of letting them “run free” without mommy stopping them with “Don’t do that you could get hurt” or some other preventable phrase. And I think it comes from a generational curse of sorts, because my mom was the exact same as well as my sisters, whose children are grown and parents themselves.

  17. Could not agree more. Fear is insidious. And so paralyzing. Stagnating. Not for me. But it’s a lot safer to stay hidden. I loved what Corinne said – to change our response to the normal, ordinary things in life. Our automatic responses that keep us stuck. Thanks for getting us all thinking Carol. and what the heck is my computer doing with the Lssss? weird…

  18. That is so true Carol. Things snd people come and go in your life. Then another experience comes along other people. Be open to everything.

  19. Dr. Diana says:


    Amazing post indeed 🙂

    You have covered so many things in this little article. Life is so precious gift. Love yourself and others then you will feel that life is so beautiful.

    ~Dr. Diana Hardy

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