On Friday afternoon I was filled with this wonderful feeling of all the choices I have. Nothing in my life is forced. Why am I still single? Because I choose to look for a marriage of a certain quality, which hasn't been an option for me yet. Why do I work where I work? I choose to keep going there every day, I'm not forced. There are times when we may be true victims but most of the time we are not. Sometimes I need a gentle reminder that I alone have a right and responsibility to make choices for my life. The next step in my thinking is to then feel humble enough to ask the Lord to help me to choose good things and boldly move forward in who I am, what is right and what I want and love.
A couple of great quotes on choices: We teach that agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and "to act for [ourselves] and not to be acted upon. - Robert D. HalesMany years ago, on an assignment to Tahiti, I was talking to our mission president, President Raymond Baudin, about the Tahitian people. They are known as some of the greatest seafaring people in all the world. Brother Baudin. . . was trying to describe to me the secret of the success of the Tahition sea captains. He said, 'They are amazing. The weather may be terrible, the vessels may be leaky, there may be no navigational aids except their inner feelings and the stars in the heavens, but they pray and they go.' He repeated the phrase three times. There is a lesson in that statement. We need to pray, and then we need to act. - President Monson, They Pray and They Go
Picture of Tahitian fishermen is fromhere.