How do you view your life? Do you think you’re lucky? Have you chosen your life to be filled with rich multicolored hues of living (bubbles of pleasure) or is your life colorless because you’ve forgotten, regardless of what happens – your reactions (what you do about it) – are still your choice?
How glorious is your day?
I know a true story of a monk who grew up in South Vietnam. During the military conflict of the last century, his community was bombarded with bombs and his entire family was killed, He lost an arm. He moved to a nearby “protected” area and was soon loving and teaching the orphaned children from the ongoing war. One day, he watched a bomb (accidently) drop on the orphanage and the children were lost as well.
Finally he was advised to seek refuge in another country as the area he was living in was soon to be overrun with hostile warfare. He made it to France.
Some years later, in a small sheltered community, an individual who knew his story noticed his happy gentle attitude on life and asked him, “How can you be this way after what has been done to you? First you lost all the members of your family and your arm and then the children you were caring for, and finally your home. What can there possibly be for you to look forward to?
The monk smiled pointing with his remaining hand to the ground and said,
“I have the rich earth that my feet can embrace when I walk or run.” He looked up at the sky and said, “I have the blue sky of a sunny day to look forward to during rainy, overcast stormy weather.”
He motioned to the countryside around him, “I have the beauty of nature to look upon during the changes of seasons.”
His smile grew larger as he added, “I have the joy in my heart when I hear another laugh with pleasure.” And he reached out and took the hands of the questioning stranger and responded,
“And I have you and all others around me to love and be loved. I have so much to look forward to. I am very lucky. Each day of my life is rich, full and glorious!”
And so I ask you once again, how glorious is your day?
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it! And so it is with all of us …” AUTHOR UNKNOWN
Have a great day today and a better tomorrow!
28 thoughts on “The Choices in your life – you decide!”
My day is fabulous, as are you! 🙂
smile and laugh at adversity..a good message
As far as I’m concerned, any day you wake up and take your first waking breath is a VERY good day 😉
If I wake to a new sunrise ’tis a glorious day indeed… taking nothing for granted. My day is as good as I treat it.
Great post as always my dear friend.. Huggggs.
Thank you dearest Roxi, huge hugs back to you! xo
Although some moments I could do without – I am truly grateful for each day!
xx 🙂 🙂 xx
I believe you – on both accounts RoSy! 🙂 xo
Glorious Day ~ thank you Penny… such a good message for us all! Tomorrow promises so many things ~ Love and Smiles my dearest friends~ RL
Thank you dear friend of mine, hugs to you Robyn, and love (of course) xo
Always a great reminder 🙂
Yes, I work hard myself on remembering that some days, thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is very much appreciated! 🙂
You’re quite welcomed 🙂
So true Penny, our main power, as Viktor Frankl also said, is to choose how we react to events. Lovely reminder in this post 🙂
Thank you Ruth! 🙂 xx
AnElephantCant help what he’s thinking
Your post like the Monk is meritorious
You explain to us why
He is a remarkable guy
AnElephant hopes your day like his is quite glorious
Thank you so very much Mr. anelephantcan’t. I did indeed have a glorious day. It is exceedingly kind and thoughtful of you, in your always so considerate way to take the generosity of your time to not only compose this wonderful poem but to include your well wishes for my day. I thank you most profusely! 🙂
I beg your pardon? She says with great surprise over the first word in his comment, whatever can he be meaning here? Hugs
MY day is rich with joy , glory, mercy and love. Life is abundantly rich everyday I open my eyes!! I wish this wonderful full heart of glory for you to Penny (I know you have it) but wish you to have it all the days of your life because you give so much to the rest of us!!
Thank you Len for wishes on my behalf. They do indeed make my day a better one, much affection to you dear friend! xx
🙂 or maybe I’ll make that, 😀 !!!!!
You’re awesome! Totally!!! 🙂 xoxo
Wonderful story here Penny. Thank you for sharing this one. I will return the thanks, and share this with everyone.
Thank you Amber. This is an actual true story! And this very gentle monk, quite an amazing man! 🙂
In that case, my day is glorious.