Monday, June 28, 2010


William Jennings Bryan has a great saying, "Destiny is not a matter of chance; it's a matter of choice." It's important to remember that while some big events in our life are destined, most of our days come down to our choice. How will you choose to live today? What will you choose to do with your life this summer? This year?

I heard another great saying recently: "Everyone is in the relationship he or she wants to be in." This, too, is true. We often forget that we have choices in our relationships, our careers, our residence. If you're not happy, change it. If you feel stuck, make yourself unstuck. If you've lost hope, find new hope.

This sounds easy, and I know it's not. But like anything worthwhile, making positive choices and changes in our life is worth the effort.

Here's a poem I share with my students each semester:

When we enter this world we are a blank canvas.
And as we walk through this life, each person we meet
Leaves a brush stroke upon us.
Some leave red and others leave blue or yellow.
But there comes a time in all our lives when we must pick up the brush
And decide whether we are going to be just another painting
Or a masterpiece.

Spend this week choosing your destiny and painting your masterpiece.


  1. Yet another sign that was set to me through you! Thanks for the reminder. I needed that today.

  2. So agree with Bridget...amazing timing

  3. I love that poem. I must post it somewhere I'll see it often and remind myself that I am the painter and must choose what I will be.

    Thank you!!