Every day we are given the choice between two paths for our life. There is a path that leads to peace and a path that leads to despair. The choice, however isn't always a clear one. Our minds have become cluttered with anger and distrust and false assumptions. Our minds have given way to the way of the ego into the truth of the spirit. The choice that we make is which god to follow.
When I woke up yesterday, I had a feeling that there were people in the world that were out to get me. Do you ever just have that sinking feeling in your stomach that others want the worst for you? That was the feeling that I had. I don't think that I am unique in my premonitions of things like that. I just knew that one of my meetings was going to be with people that were not thinking about what was good for me. As I got to the appointment, my suspicions were confirmed. I had the choice to make when I first had that feeling as well as when I arrived for the meeting. My choice was to follow the path of peace or to follow the path of despair. Anger, malice, and negative assumptions fought for control of my mind. After a moment of wanting to give in, I took a deep breath, remembered that the choice was not theirs. It was mine, and regained my power.
Power - this is often thought of as control over others. The simple truth is that power is only control over self. Trying to control others and trying to use anger and negativity to beat others down is the game of the wrong god. That isn't who I want to follow. Real power is just control of self. Power is when I choose the path of peace instead of the path of anger and resentment. Power is when I forgive those who intend ill for me and wish only the best for them. Power is when I control me, not when I control others.
There is a universal force in this world. You can call it Karma, or God, or Spirit, or the Universe, but you can't deny its presence. It is real and it connects us all. It makes it impossible to want bad for others without bringing harm to ourselves. It is impossible to want good for others without bringing good to ourselves. Even though the world would encourage me to follow the path of despair, I choose the path of peace.
What will you choose today?
May you find peace!
Jody N Holland
Author, Speaker, Trainer
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.