Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Gift and Power of Choice

One of the things my husband and I try to teach our children each day is how important and powerful the gift of choice is. We try to help them understand how vital each choice we make in life is and that consequences follow each one. Choice is a fickle thing. From this freedom we learn many lessons and gain important experiences than can shape who we are. But if we don't use that gift wisely, it can rob us of many blessings.

I found some neat little thoughts on the importance of choice.

"In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction.
Your life is a product of choices."
Dr. Kathleen Hall, from Alter Your Life

"Life is a choice - as is how you handle the pitfalls along its bumpy road."
Julie Donner Andersen, from What My Widowed Husband Has Taught Me

"I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude."
Judith M. Knowlton

"And in life, it is all about choices we make.
And how the direction of our lives comes down to the choices we choose."
Catherine Pulsifer, from HONESTY. . . A Core Value?

All the blessings yet to come depend upon the choices we make now. How grateful I am for this precious gift!

Suggested Reading

Book: The Hourglass Door
Author: Lisa Mangum

The Book
His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time? Abby's senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves.

All I can say is move over Edward Cullen because Dante Alexander is in town!
I totally loved this book and I'm already anticipating the next one. This young-adult novel was a page-turner and I finished it in a day because I couldn't put it down. It is definitely one of my favorites:-)
Get your copy of The Hourglass Door today.


Michele Ashman Bell said...

More than ever this principle needs to be taught to our children. The adversary is increasing his efforts and kids need to understand that every choice, whether tiny or huge, matters. Thank you so much for these wonderful quotes. Great blog.

JoAnn Arnold said...

I've read this book and I agree with you and with Michele.
Loved the quotes. Loved the thoughts. Thank you for sharing.