The Choice We Make

“It may seem we have no control over what happens in our life. But we are the creators of our life. It is our choice whether to remain in bondage or live in freedom.”
Gail Manishor, From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life  




Gail's Choice

My daughter recently called me to tell me that a high school boyfriend, who had remained a friend died suddenly at the age of forty-five. That same day, my granddaughter’s friend was killed in an automobile accident on the way back from basketball practice. Also on the same day, two police officers, best friends of her uncle, were shot and killed in the line of duty. All of this loss hit my daughter and her friends suddenly. What do you do? Where do you turn? How do you live with this kind of tragedy?

Life comes to us in a series of ups and downs. Life may seem good, bad, terrible, or tragic. This is all a part of life that unfolds. We have to get through it and keep going. In our spiritual practices, we learn how to handle the ups and downs of life through classes, reading, and meditation. A wonderful peace comes from building our awareness of the presence of the indwelling God−always with us, wherever we are and whatever we’re going through. We learn that all is God, and that wherever God is, there is good. We learn to make a choice−we choose to know that as we live in love, honor and integrity we will be guided to our highest good.

There are those we don’t understand the meaning of integrity. They are where they are on their soul’s path. We learn that what looks like tragedy to us is as a thread in the tapestry of life. There are blessings that we can’t foresee, but they are there nevertheless.

Let’s choose to have faith in the Life Force which is within each of us. Let’s choose to take the time to go within and feel that deep peace of Spirit. It’s always there, for we are never alone. What a blessing it is to know that!

Gail Manishor, RScP


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