You’ve Got the Power

Yes you do. You’ve got the power to choose: Sadness or joy. Fear or trust. Drama or ease. Pain or pleasure. Limitation or freedom. Dare to use your power to choose. It is ALWAYS up to us what we choose to focus on, expand, and bring into our lives.  This is probably something you have heard before. Yeah, me too. But apparently I had forgotten it until an amazing young man reminded me of my power to choose in such a simple, profound way that I was moved to tears. Choice!

As I have said before, enlightenment and lessons are all around us. It is up to us to see them and get them. Enlightenment came to me tonight in the pet supermarket, Petco (Whoever thought that buying a bag of dogfood could lead to an awakening!).

As I have shared with you in previous posts (here and on Elizabeth Channels), I have recently moved to Topanga, California outside of Los Angeles. My boyfriend and I live in Topanga canyon and have a bit of a drive to the valley and “civilization”. This evening as I drove to the valley to do some errands, my mind ran out of the present moment and into a deluge of juicy thoughts to worry about. Since I let my mind runaway with me, I felt my heart sink as I sank into the valley from the mountains. By the time I got to Petco, I was feeling out-of-sorts. This really didn’t make any sense as I had experienced, up until that point, such a wonderful day. I dragged myself into the store, got what I needed, and proceeded to the register. I was greeted by a smiling young man who rang me up. As he was completing the transaction I said, “So how was your day today?” Continuing to smile, he said, “It was good!” Then he chuckled and said, “You know, I’m just always happy. I don’t get it, but nothing ever gets me down.” I was so tickled to hear this amazing testament come out of such a young man. And then as I left the store it hit me how beautiful it was to see someone who is just plain happy almost all of the time and doesn’t let life’s ups and downs get to him (the cool thing is that I live with someone liYour cup over-flowethke that too…). This young man, whether done consciously or not, CHOOSES to see the glass as completely full and overflowing.  Perhaps he learned it from the environment he grew up in or maybe he just figured it out on his own that life is just better and easier that way. However he got there, I was totally inspired.

In an instant, we can change our mental landscapes. So in the moment that I really got the implications of this, I chose to completely change my mental landscape and altered my outlook on all of those things that had been nagging at me on the drive down. As I drove back up in the mountains to my home, my heart soared. Tears of joy filled my eyes as I felt the power of choice; the power to choose ease and grace in every single moment.

I am not advocating that we go through life wearing rose colored glasses. But what I am suggesting is that we get into the habit of consciously choosing to take ourselves out of our self-imposed dramas and complaints by being aware and acknowledging them when they crop up and then let them go. Just give it a try. It may take a bit of work, but I am willing to do whatever it takes to feel joy, ease, and peace. I’m not going to let my mind talk me into sitting out. Are you? I hope you choose to dance… I have.

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  1. That is so AWESOME!

  2. Your openness and willingness to receive a message (and, in a way, a healing) is truly inspiring. I have so much to learn from you! 🙂

  3. Hi Elizabeth,

    Though I’m much older than you, I too am from a Laprade family in Easthampton MA. I am curious as to what Laprade lineage you are from. I find myself fortunate for having grown up in the little Western MA. town during the 50’s and the 60’s. I attended “french” school and I have done lots of genealogical research on the Laprade family. I find your thoughts to be reassuring but at times a bit “rose-colored”. Nonetheless, I hope that you continue to share what you believe as life continues to challenge you (and all of us) in ways not yet experienced!

    Best Regards,

  4. Upton: Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Yes, Easthampton is beautiful! You are fortunate!
    I tend to see the glass as at least half full–perhaps that is where you see the rosiness. I enjoy going through life with that tint as opposed to shades of gray! I wish you well on your journey. Thank you so very much for reading my blog! Your support means a lot to me!

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