A few weeks ago, I was listening to my colleague, Randy Harris. He was talking about life, this strange and wonderful experience that we share. Randy said something that really struck me as I contemplate the closing of one year of life and beginning of a new one. He said,
“The one who wins is the one who can die happily. Who can look back on their life and say, ‘That was good.’ Who lives their life the way they wanted to. You can’t decide a lot about your life, but you can choose how you live it.”
This is so true. Each one of us lives in some circumstance that we wouldn’t choose, be it illness, disability, a relationship gone awry, or so many other things. We are born where we are born, to the family that we have, in the culture that we grow up in. Some of us do have choices that allow us to leave circumstances that we don’t like, but many times we don’t. I’ve share before that I was diagnosed last year with a heart problem. I run, I take medication, I watch what I eat, but no matter what I do, I cannot leave this heart problem behind. It is a part of my life, just as some of the issues in your life are a part of yours. There have been times over the past year as I’ve dealt with this that I’ve just felt defeated, hopeless. Perhaps you’ve felt that way about things in your own life at times during this year.
What struck me about Randy’s message was the hope that whatever my circumstances, we can still choose to live our lives fully. We cannot change some of the things in our lives, but we can choose how we respond to them, what we do with them.
In this new year, I encourage you to live your life fully, whatever your circumstances may be. As you approach this new year, instead of thinking about how many pounds you want to lose or dollars you want to earn, think about how you want to become all that you can be. You, my friend, are a beautiful and amazing person. You have talents and skills to offer this old world as it spins around another time, and as you open your heart and share yourself with this world, you will make it better. You will become a world changer.