Happy Monday! I am writing to you from the airport as my hubby and I are about to take off for our delayed honeymoon to Italy! I am SO excited and had to share this SPARK with you – YOU GET TO CHOOSE!
When Josh and I got married, we said that we would go to Italy a few months later. Then, our family hit some challenges. A loved one died, another attempted suicide, and our lives are thrown into chaos. At that point, we were lucky to get a date night, let alone a trip to Italy!
But then I remembered a critical fact: we get to choose. Yes, the shit hit the fan, and we still GET TO CHOOSE how we handle it and what we do. So even though we had NO IDEA who would watch our son or how we would get away for a week, I bought the tickets. I just bought them and prayed to G-d to ensure that it all worked out.
When I gave Josh the tickets, he burst into tears of JOY and disbelief. Four months later, things have settled down at home, Josh's father offered to fly into town to watch our son, we completed the AMAZING last weekend of our #ThisIs40 program for women in their 40's (more on that later) and we are on our way.
Remember that you get to choose just about everything in life. Where you work, where you live, what you do for a living, who you are in relationship with, what you eat and how you treat your body. Yes, crap happens. All. The. Time. But you GET TO CHOOSE how you handle it. Will you let it take you down or will you rise up with resilience and courage? As Michael J. Fox has said, he didn't choose to have Parkinson's, but he gets to make a million other choices every day around it.
Happiness is a choice. Choose you. Choose to take care of you. Choose to go after your dreams. And when the shit hits the fan, which it will inevitably do, choose to give yourself a hug, give yourself a break, and then get up and resolve to move forward with renewed strength.
Because I chose, we're now off to Italy!
ps – I'll send you my next message from Italy!