You Get to Choose

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Wayne Dyer

Life brings us challenges sometimes. I’ve had times in my life where I felt I had been kicked to the ground and then an army was marching over me. When we are in one of those times of growth, it’s really difficult to see the lesson.

Years ago, I wondered if God was punishing me. That’s back when I bought into that view of the world. I eventually came to believe in a divine power/source/creator/ god/goddess/universe/your own word that is pure unconditional love. We aren’t punished by a supreme power. Just think about it for a minute. Imagine a power so great it created all that is – you, me, the earth, our solar system, the universe, multiverses, and beyond. A power that awesome has no resemblance to our human actions and reactions. Humans may punish. I simply don’t believe great love and wisdom punishes. A good parent doesn’t damn their child to hell for all eternity because they made a mistake.

So, what does account for those difficult times we all encounter in our lives. The Buddhists teach something like “what you do is what you get.” I think that’s much closer to what’s going on than an all wise, powerful, loving God punishing me.

When I look at an astrological chart, I can see lessons. And, I can see lessons that repeat. Think of it this way. You signed up for English 101 and you are in a school that requires you pass all your classes. So, the first semester, you goof off and fail English 101. Ok – no problem. You will see that class on your schedule next term. And, so it goes, term after term until you pass English 101.

Look at your own life. What lessons keep coming back to you? God isn’t punishing you. You are simply not learning what you signed up to learn. Mostly we resist our lessons because they take us way out of our comfort zone. Courage – feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

Or, maybe you pass English 101. Congratulations. Now it’s time for English 201. And, so it goes through our lives. From metaphorical kindergarten through multiple Ph.Ds. That’s why it’s really important to stay in class and to keep feeling the fear and doing it anyway. The reward is a life filled to the top with growth, aliveness, freedom, peace and love.


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