This is a very special week for me, as the first of my six children is getting married, tomorrow! It reminds me that although our journey has had serious bumps in the road, most people desire the same thing in life…..to be loved for who we are. We travel the ‘road of life’ with two different tracks beside us; the one to our left side is ridden with challenges, bad experiences, fear, and other daunting challenges and the road on our right side has all the good memories and experiences, the blessings and good things that happen along life’s journey. Both of these roads travel with us, and the person we are today, has been shaped by all of those collective things and the choices that we made at each juncture in our path.
So, I will be dining tonight with the wedding party and the respective families. If it weren’t for my son’s wedding, I would never again be in a social setting with some of the invited guests. But, I am not the same person I was seven years ago. I’ve learned a lot of things and as Helen Reddy sang, many years ago……….
Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman
Og’s words will guide me, “If I feel fear, I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior, I will wear new garments. If I feel incompetent, I will remember past success. If I feel insignificant, I will remember my goals. Today, I will be master of my emotions.” No one else can ‘shake my booty’ unless I allow them to do so. I am ready to celebrate with my son and rejoice in his future.
My prayer is that as a new family is birthed tomorrow, love is multiplied. Give love to receive love. It’s really simple when you focus on the virtues that you want, not on the things that accompany your journey on the ‘left’ side of life. Life is mixed with the good and the bad, but there is a promise in God’s word, found in Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, and are called according to His purpose.”
What track are you focused on, the left or the right? The good or the bad? Do you need to get back on track? It’s a daily choice which yields the life we choose……..yes, it’s our choice, so choose wisely!