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Tiny Wisdom: On Choices

“We must never forget that it is through our actions, words, and thoughts that we have a choice.” -Sogyal Rinpoche

Nothing is as discouraging as feeling you don't have a choice—that you're trapped in a situation you can't change, with a person who won't change, or with feelings about yourself that you've stopped believing you can change.

We've all been there before.

We've accepted thankless jobs just to make ends meet. We've hurt or watched friends hurting, feeling powerless to end the pain. We've waited for love, or mourned unrequited love, or wondered if it was really better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.

We've all felt helpless before, and we'll all be there at some point again—yet we have far more power than we think.

We can't always control our circumstances, but we can shape them with our actions. We can't always save the people around us, but we can support them with our love and attention. We can't always create a world that feels safe, but we can choose how to experience it with our thoughts.

Every day we have limitless choices, thousands of mini-opportunities to live a peaceful, empowered life.

What choices will you make today?

photo by jaitra.gillespie

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Tony Applebaum

    I believe that the only thing we can control is ourselves. Whether that be our actions, or our reactions to whatever life situations happen to arise. I think that practicing radical acceptance is a big part of that process.