Or in other words, what do you really want? That is the remarkable thing about life. We get to decide what is most important to us; what we want to put our energies behind; what, indeed, are our priorities. We really do.
Sometimes it seems like others claim our attention with their desires, that we really aren't our own person, that our priorities are replaced by what others want. Not so. Ultimately, our choices lead us based upon the very underlying of our ultimate desire. Do we want a happy family? One that loves us as much as we love them? Then our desires are to serve them and help them to find happiness. Period. We lose ourselves in service. So no complaints. Right?
How are we using the time we have been given? Do we make false claims that we never have enough time to do what we really want? If all of our wasted minutes were combined, I believe we would realize that we have ample time to make great accomplishments.
Then we really have no room for blaming others, for blaming the consequences of our situations, for coming up with empty, lame excuses.
I was reminded yesterday of a great quote from a Shakespearean play,The Merry Wives of Windsor:
"....the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open."
No one can lay claim to our lives. They are ours. Ours to beautify, to accomplish, to embellish, to live. What will we choose to do? Which path will we take? What, ultimately, is our desire?
How exciting, how thrilling, how empowering!
We can timidly open that oyster to seek the treasures it holds, or we can boldly, "with sword," strike it open with enthusiasm, eager to chase the rainbows that are before us.
No excuses. No hesitation. No timidity.
That is what I am going to do.