You Can Choose

24 Aug

You can choose to bend your back under the burdens of feeling incompetent, operating from scarcity and despair. Stagnant.

You can choose to bow your head and fix your eyes on the ground under the weight of never being good enough for yourself or anybody else.

You can choose to live on your knees, trapped in the dark hole of your circumstances and your mind.


You can choose to rise.

You can choose to climb.

You can choose to drop the weights and make them your bridge to greatness.

You can choose to get on your feet and fight your way out of the dark.

You can choose to raise your head, straighten your spine, and face down every feeling of less than or not good enough.

You can choose to slice through your reserve and say the things you really want to say. Do the things you really want to do. Feel the things you really want to feel.

You can choose to free yourself.

You can choose to value your growth and expansion more than you value your comfort.

Choice. Intention. Action. Reaction. A consciousness that your behaviour creates your present and your future. Might as well operate from a richness of spirit, eh?

There is always a choice: action or inaction; victory or defeat; blend with your power or blend with your fear.

Blending with your power strengthens you, sharpens your identity, emboldens you to flow with your challenges and stay fluid enough to find lasting solutions.

Blending with your fear depletes you, sucks you dry, blurs the shape of your identity and leaves you at the mercy of whatever challenge you encounter, both big and small.

You can choose to ask for help when you don’t have the answers.

You can choose to spark your soul fire and guard it fiercely against those who would douse it.

You can choose to go deeper than most and trust that you’re capable of handling whatever’s buried within.

You can choose.

What’s your choice? Will you decide to flourish, not because anyone says so or pushes you to, but for yourself? I hope your answer’s yes.

Mine is. Yes.

Poster credit: Karen Salmansohn


7 Responses to “You Can Choose”

  1. Victor Schueller 24/08/2012 at 03:22 #

    Nice post Otiti! I think sometimes we underestimate the power of choice. Great piece on the power of our choices. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Otiti 24/08/2012 at 15:23 #

      Thanks, Victor. Good to have you here. 🙂 You’re welcome.

  2. Azuka Thomson 25/08/2012 at 11:44 #

    Thanks Otiti for this clear and concise piece on the power of CHOICE. I believe the answer ought to be YES, no matter the circummstances. Good one!

    • Otiti 27/08/2012 at 16:47 #

      You’re welcome, my author. I do my best. 😉

  3. Izzy 28/08/2012 at 08:12 #

    I’m digging it! Heck yeah, we can choose. It seriously blows my mind how many people don’t realize this. To some degree it is crazy scary that we can choose but on the other end of it, it is beautiful, wonderful, incredible, and so darn inspiring.

    I just cannot help but wonder how do we get someone from transitioning to a mind frame of “I have no choice” to “I do have a choice!”

    Awesome Post Otiti Jasmine (Sometimes, I like to call my friends by their first and last name).

    • Otiti 28/08/2012 at 18:38 #

      Izzy! Yay, I’m so glad you dig it. 😀 I think the transition stems from acceptance; some folks absolutely refuse to entertain the idea that they have the power to change a situation and/or themselves if they so choose because then they don’t have any excuse for their inaction. So they keep their heads down, mumble “I have no choice”, and shuffle from one day to the next.

      And yes, it IS crazy scary. What if we screw up? What if we get it wrong? What if *gasp* we fail? Then again, what if we succeed beyond our wildest dreams, eh?

      It also comes down to what we REALLY fear: failure or success. I know I get scared of getting it right sometimes because I wonder if I can handle it. Weird, huh?

      By the way, Jasmine is my middle name. :p


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