Make Choices, Not Excuses
One day a man went next door to borrow his neighbor's lawn mower. The neighbor explained that he could not let him use the lawn mower because all the flights had been canceled from New York to Los Angeles. The borrower asked him what canceled flights from New York to Los Angeles had to do with borrowing his lawn mower. "It doesn't have anything to do with it, but if I don't want to let you use my lawn mower, one excuse is as good as another."
Excuses are apologies in disguise. They are meant to elicit forgiveness and unburden us from choices we feel guilty about making. We use excuses like a scapegoat; convincing ourselves, and others, that we should not be held accountable because "life happened" and we had no control.
Choices, on the other hand, allow ownership of decisions in a public display of one's values and priorities. No longer are we the victim of circumstances, we are the captain of our ship. By making choices, instead of excuses, we gain control over our lives in a potent and powerful way, shaping and defining our life by our standards, not someone else’s. As this habit builds, we gain confidence and autonomy, freeing us from dependence on other’s approval for our happiness.
No excuses; enjoy the freedom of choice this Sunday.
ENRICHMENTS [AKA WORKSHOPS & RETREATS]