Apr
01
April Fool’s Day Choice
Filed Under (Friday - Fun and Family, self-esteem)

Because I live with a husband who is a life-long prankster, as well as 3 young children who are eager to learn tricks of the trade,  April Fool’s Day ranks right up there with the other major holdiays for my family. Walking through this day is like walking through a mine field – I never know what trick will be afoot next. 

I was ready for the usual books in the pillow, and traps on the toilet, but the new one hit me hard. At 2 a.m., an unfamiliar alarm went off at full volume under my bed; an alarm that I had bought years ago for my slow-to-get-up daughter; an alarm that will not turn off unless you retrieve the pinwheel piece that flies off. (Payback is tough.)

As a woman who values sleep above many things, my immediate reaction was an urge to be angry. But as I jumped out of bed cursing, I heard my husband chuckle and say, “Good one!” Instantly, my perspective shifted. The same trick had befallen both of us. We had many choices in our reactions. I chose anger; he chose humor.

So it is with all of life. The choice is always ours. At any moment we can choose differently. We can choose to find the humor in the mundande, the serious, and even the painful. Humor is always there for us, waving it’s hand like an impatient child saying, “Pick me, pick me!”

Of all the things that self-esteem relates to, choice is the most critical.  Knowing you have choices makes the difference between feeling empowered and disempowered.  In life, the important thing is not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you.  Anyone can be positive when things are going well.  But not everyone chooses a positive attitude during a tough time.  One of the things that successful people have in common is the ability to accept disappointments and rise above them. I tell tweens that not liking your choice is not the same as not having a choice.  In the words of J.K. Rowling, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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Nicholas Johnston on 28 May, 2010 at 5:54 am #

You have done it again. Amazing article!


Grant Woods on 29 May, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

You’ve done it once again! Incredible read.


Grady Stokes on 31 May, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

If only more people would hear this.


Emily on 31 May, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

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Sanford Tipton on 1 June, 2010 at 12:07 am #

If only more people would hear this!


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