Random Thoughts After Reading A Book


I just finished the book “The Love List” by Dena Murzello.  I’m not really sure what I expected out of this book but it really wasn’t what I expected.  To be honest, the best part of it to me was within the last three sentences of the whole book:

“You cannot control what happens to you, good or bad; you can only control your own reactions to things.”

I feel like this statement really lines up with where I’m at in this phase of my life.  As I’ve been processing through things in my life that have happened around me/to me I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it all means/meant.  I’ve been trying to figure out what part I play/played in all of it.  I’ve been trying to figure out how I could have made things turn out differently.

And then I read that statement in the book.

It rings truer than true for all of us.  I can choose to continue to live in the past, letting it drag me down and being depressed and upset over it.  I can choose to be angry and deny that any of it ever happened.

Or, I can do what I know is the right thing to do.  I can “put on my big girl boots” and fight the fight and choose to react in a way that brings freedom and healing.  I can seek out opportunities to process through things and move past them.  I can choose to put a smile on my face and use the things that happened to me in positive, life changing ways.

And that’s what I am committing to doing.  That’s where my life is headed now.  No more “whoa is me”.  It’s time to start living!


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