You are where you are and what you are because of yourself. Your choices and decisions over the months and years have determined the condition of your life at this moment. – unknown
Barbara Walters interviewed Patrick Swayze about his pancreatic cancer on 20/20 Wednesday evening. Patrick has been a smoker for decades.
Last night he acknowledged the likely connection between the habit and his cancer. “I will go so far as to say probably smoking had something to do with my pancreatic cancer,” he said. While he has not yet kicked the habit, he did say that he has “seriously cut down.”
Seriously cut down? Are you kidding me? There is something wrong with this picture!
Patrick had made poor health choices. I wonder how many times he has said to himself, “I’ll quit tomorrow.” Sadly, all those tomorrows added up.
Take some time this weekend and reflect on your life… where you are now and where you want to be.
If there is an issue you have been avoiding create a plan to resolve it.
Without blaming or criticizing yourself ask these questions:
Do my actions show that I’m committed to doing what it takes to resolve or improve this issue?
Am I serious or do I make promises to myself and fail to keep them?
How bad do I want to change and why?
What are the payoffs for living in this rut?
What are the benefits if I do the work needed to change this situation?
I am taking a mini retreat next weekend, alone with thoughts and my journal. I’m will be reflecting on areas of my life I want to improve and what changes I need to make.
I invite you to embrace boldness, examine your own choices and make the changes you need.
Or like Patrick we will all pay the consequences.