When I was in high school, I had a math teacher that would often say, “Life is about choices.  The choices we make determine the path we take.” Being a stubborn teen, those words would go in one ear and out the other.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself reflecting on her words more and more. Because she’s right, our lives consist of the results of all of the different choices we’ve made over the years. Of course we can’t choose certain aspects of our lives: where we’re born, who our parents are, or if we’re born into poverty/wealth. Those are outside of our control and we don’t have the luxury of choice in those situations.

Most other situations in our lives, however, do require a choice. Even something as trivial as what to have for breakfast, if we choose to have breakfast at all. If you do find yourself in a circumstance where you didn’t choose to be, we still have the power to choose our attitude toward the situation.

Take Viktor Frankl for example. This was a man who didn’t choose to be locked up in a Nazi prison camp. But instead of letting this experience break him and mold him into a person filled with bitterness, Frankl left that camp and went on to be a person of great inspiration — despite the horrible situation in which he found himself.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

—Viktor Frankl

Do the choices you make reflect the goals you wish to accomplish or the life you wish to lead?

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