I heard the most amazing quote today. It said simply,
"You are one choice away from changing the rest of your life."
Think about that for a moment. What could you do just a little (or even a lot) differently today that would completely change your tomorrows?
Today, I found out that a friend of mine was in the hospital with heart problems. I had so many things planned. I have so many things that I need to do. But I dropped all of them to go on a forty five minute drive and stop by the hospital to see my friend. I arrived to find her in the room all by herself staring at the walls. Her eyes filled with tears when she saw me. I held her hand, rubbed her back, and just sat and talked with her for a couple of hours. I listened, I talked, and I gave her hope and love.
I found out that tomorrow is going to be her 66th year wedding anniversary. How amazing is that? It is the one thing that I always wanted in my own life. To get married one time and be married forever. To spend my life with one man who loved me and needed me. I had to give up on that dream, but I can rejoice in my friend's fulfilling of it. We can all rejoice in the joy that is felt by each one of our sisters.
There are so many good things that need doing. If we could each just manage to do one thing for someone else, we really could change the world for another. Today, my sister needed a friend. She was alone and lonely. She needed someone to take a little while out of their busy day and spend some time with her.
So today, I have thought a lot about the quote above. As I visited my friend, I realized what it was that I would really love to change in my world. Life is so short. No matter how long it lasts, there are still more things to do and more changes to make. So, if I could make one choice that would change the rest of my life, I would choose forgiveness. I would willingly forgive those who have hurt me, left me, misunderstood me, offended me, or blamed me. I would forgive them and ask them to forgive me for the bad feelings that I have harbored in my heart. I would beg my Heavenly Father to cleanse me from the sins of anger and ill will. I would ask Him to fill my heart with peace and love.
Today, I am choosing forgiveness. I am changing my future.
What choice are you going to make to change your life?