Each day we make a lot of choices. From what we will eat for breakfast to who we will spend our time with. All choices are important These choices either lead us to become better or lead us to bad habits. Some choices are more important than others but all contribute to our overall happiness.
I am not a morning person. It takes me a while to get the motivation to do much in the mornings. But starting out the day bad can cause the whole day to be bad. A lot of bad days can leave us feeling like we are in a rut.
Our choices determine our destiny
This quote above is from one of the leaders of my church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is so true. Each day we make choices. If they are good choices then they lead us to good habits and ultimately happiness. We even have the choice about how we react to hard things in our lives. We can choose to get angry or choose to learn from the experience.
What can we do if we are making bad choices?
I went through a time where the only productive thing I did some days was feed myself and the kids. And maybe clean up the house a bit. After the kids were in bed I felt like I had earned myself a rest so I would just watch Netflix for hours and then go to bed. I would then spend the next day thinking about things I would like to accomplish but I never seemed to have the motivation to actually do any of these things. I was in a major rut.
Even though I knew I was making bad choices, it was hard to snap myself out of it. I decided to start some basic morning habits that I thought might help with my motivation and overall happiness. I began exercising 4-5 days a week and reading church teachings when I first got up. At first, it was hard to remember or have the motivation to do these things. But as I have done them more they have helped tremendously.
I also decided around that same time to start this blog. It has been a huge challenge. But it has also been a lot of fun. Writing is a great way to express yourself. It also has held me accountable for my decisions. I really want to help people, but I know I can’t help people if I am not doing all that I can to become better myself.
Act for ourselves and not be acted upon
Before writing this post I read the following scripture from the Book of Mormon.
2 Nephi 2:26 “…they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not be acted upon…”
2 Nephi 2:27 “…And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
Just as I believe that we have a Saviour (Jesus Christ), I also believe that there is a Satan. And like this scripture says he wants us to be miserable. He loves when we make poor choices. He is the one that makes us feel bad about ourselves when we make these poor decisions. If we continue to make poor choices and develop bad habits, these bad habits in many ways end up controlling us or acting upon us. So much so that it is hard to snap ourselves out of is.
Satan knows we are capable of great things and does not want us to accomplish them. So anytime that you feel like you should just give up, don’t! Believe in yourself and believe that you can overcome any weakness. We only have to be a little better today than we were yesterday. So just keep trying!
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