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A Letter To My Staff

October 3, 2016

 

There are a lot of things that I didn’t get to choose. I didn’t get to choose my parents or family - how many people there are, how much money we had or didn’t have, which religion we had or didn’t have, how we were raised. I didn’t get to choose my nationality. My country, with its pros and cons, was not up to me. I didn’t get to choose my early education or if the school I went to was good.  I didn’t get to choose if I figured out math or reading first.

 

There are a lot of things that I don’t get to choose now. I don’t get to choose if it rains. I don’t get to choose if things go the way I want them to. I don’t get to choose what other people think or what they choose.

 

And sometimes, some things just happen to me, good and bad. There’s no reason for it. It just happens.

 

Some of all these things were helpful to me, and some were not.

 

I live with the results of all the choices I did not make and all of the events that happened to me that I did not choose.

 

And then, there’s today… and there’s tomorrow.

Each day is full.

It’s still full of things I can’t choose.

But unlike yesterday, which I can’t change,

Today is full of choices for me to make.

 

I get to choose to love my family and my country.

I get to choose to keep learning.

I get to choose what I believe.

I get to choose to work hard.

I get to choose to keep going when bad things just happen.

I get to choose to be thankful when good things just happen.

I get to choose how I treat people.

I get to choose to create happiness for me and for others.

I get to choose who I want to be.

I get to choose how I react.

I get to choose.

 

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it” - C. Swindoll

 

 

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