You Choose

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By Anthony Saude

My wife and kids are not only the most important people in my life, they are also the most frustrating. You can ask them for yourselves about the important part but I would request you don’t mention the frustrating side. That might not go well for me.

I love them so much that I even enjoy getting up in the morning when it is still dark outside to go to work. Even when I know that it is that time of the year when I know it will be dark by the time I get home. And although I don’t like being away from them for so long, I do love the joy that I feel when I finally get home and see them.

I coached my daughter’s travel basketball team for several years. Work all week, tourney all weekend. That was my life and I loved every second of it. On occasion she would ask me “Aren’t you tired?”. My answer was always “I don’t have time to be tired until bedtime. Tired is a state of mind”. She didn’t get it then but she is starting to now that she is an adult.

Life is about choices and we can choose to have a bad day or a good day. I promise that you will have the type of day that you choose to have. We can wake up and think about everything in our life that is bad or everything that is good. We can choose to be happy or sad or mad. All are choices. We can choose to think of what we don’t have or what we do have; it is all a state of mind.

What we fill our heads with is what our actions and behavior will reflect for that day. I try to choose to be positive every day. When I feel sad I think about my kids and laugh. When I feel anger I think about my wife and feel loved. When I feel frustrated I think about starving children in this world and feel grateful for what I have. When I feel all of these emotions at the same time I think about all that the Lord has blessed me with in my life with and feel Joy.


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