There are days that are best described on the pages of Harry Potter. Ever since the books were released, I have been inspired by their pages. Some how, Dumbledore has wise words for every situation. Take these quotes, for example:
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
And this gem…
Dumbledore really gets it.
A Warrior choose right, always!
Here’s the deal. If you are feeling stuck, take a good look at the choices you are making.
It’s hard to face reality and check out just how well we are doing with reaching our goals.
Reminds me of Alice in Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice comes to a crossroads. The two paths stretch off in opposite directions. Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, “Which path should I follow?” The cat has a simple answer. “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”
Every day we are faced with choices. Most of the time these choices fall into two categories… what is easy and what is right.
The easy choice takes no will power. You do what is comfortable. You do what is immediately satisfying. Easy feels good… at least for a time. But easy choices often hide wrong choices.
The right choice takes a LOT of will power. Often, the right makes you uncomfortable. It will lead you to the edge of your comfort zone. The right choice is the one you know you should be doing.
A Warrior makes the right choice.
The easy choice wants you to take the rest of the day off… Start over tomorrow… Start on Monday. It wants you to put your feet up and watch a little TV instead of doing what you need to do or doing something productive.
The right choice wants you to do what you said you were going to do. The right choice doesn’t believe in procrastination.
Fast food? Home cooked, fresh veggie meal?
Cookie? A piece of fruit?
I used to yield to the first one every time. I had zero will power. My brain might be saying, “Nope. Don’t do it.” My emotions made excuses to make the easy choice more rational.
“I don’t have time to make a decent meal today. I’ll just grab something quick.”
“Just once isn’t going to hurt anything.”
“I deserve a break.”
So many easy choices.
Easy? Stay in my comfort zone, spend all day watching TV or on the computer, checking Facebook and email all day long, or procrastination.
Harder right? Getting away from the usual and getting 30 minutes of exercise (still working on this choice), cooking at home, eating salad at every meal, eating all the veggies I eat, doing one task at a time, and do it now.
Unlike Alice in the Wonderland story, I know where I want to go. It does matter which way I go. The path I take is what is leading me to my next destination.
Even when faced with the consequences of easy choices, in the past I couldn’t find the desire to change my habits.
A Warrior chooses the right, not the easy.
Not long ago I decided to choose the harder right and not the easy way. I stopped offering pizza on Friday nights to the family. I stopped making cookies. I turned down the ice cream that made my family temporarily happy. My whole outlook on food has now changed. It’s not easy. But it’s doable! Click here to read more about what choices I am making in my journey for health. I started to make an effort to be kind, even when others around me were not kind. Click here to read more about my #bethelight crusade! I renewed my focus on things spiritual and things that lifted my soul. Click here to read more about my scripture study and insight. Click here to read more about what lifts my soul. I decided to fight for what was most important in life (click here to read more about what is most important, my family!) and not be distracted by what seemed easy.
I admit, I am not perfect. I am still a work in progress. I am still working at becoming the best Warrior for good that I can be. I just need to remind myself, every day, every minute…
A Warrior chooses the harder right.
In the words of one my heroes, a true warrior for good, Thomas S. Monson, “May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.”