Friday, October 16, 2015

Comes Down To Choices

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.
"So it is."
"And freezing."
"Is it?"
"Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately."

Pollyanna Whittier to her Aunt Polly: “I'm sorry about the dress, Aunt Polly. My Father said it was a size too big, but that I should be glad it wasn't a pair of boy's trousers.”

Two slightly different ways of looking at things.  Both share a bit of humor.  Both share some insight into the speaker:  his/her heart; his/her frame of mind.

Comes Down To Choices: Pollyanna vs Eeyore.

I’ve always been mostly a “glass half-full” kind of guy and I’d rather be Pollyanna than Eeyore.  I’d rather associate with a Pollyanna than with an Eeyore.  Both can be a bit annoying.  Sometimes a Pollyanna seems to not be mindful of details or problems and can be seen as neglectful of concerns.  But she is passionately optimistic always looking on the bright side of life.  I can’t find much fault in that.

To my way of thinking, an Eeyore brings everyone down.  It is constantly gray skies and raining.  Mostly, it is dark with a sprinkling of doom and gloom and the sky is falling and what else can go wrong thrown in for good measure.  There’s humor, but at some point, it gets on my nerves.  Doesn’t seem to be any way to change their outlook perhaps because they simply don’t want to change their outlook.

Comes Down To Choices.   

In one’s life.  In one’s point of view.  In one’s eyes and in what one chooses to see . . . or not.

I guess this applies to most anything . . . everything . . . in life.  Some of our choices are great and wonderful, while some choices turn out to be pretty lousy.  Almost all choices can always be meaningful in a learning sense.  If one chooses to learn from that choice.

Some of our choices not only affect us, but perhaps more times than not, affect others.  The right or wrong word.  To smile or not.  To encourage or put down.  To recognize or ignore.  To build up or put down.

Comes Down To Choices.

Imagine what it might be like to look on the sunny side of life rather than the dark side of life.  Imagine what it might be like if we simply stopped listening to those who ring the bell of disaster at each hour of the day.  Imagine what it might be like if we took the time to, when faced with an Eeyore, to smile and move on leaving Eeyore with nothing else to say.

It really does Come Down To Choices.  We choose to make a better life for ourselves.  We choose to make a better life for each other.  We choose to make a positive difference in our own life . . . and in the lives of others.  It does Come Down To Choices.  Your choice.  My choice.  Our choice.  Something to think about . . .

Live Your Life, and Make A Difference!

To My Readers:
When I wrote the Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives, Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives, some of the comments made to me were, “Does this really happen?” “It just doesn’t seem possible.”  I wrote that series based upon my work as a counselor and based upon my adjunct work with the Jacob Wetterling Foundation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children.  Yes, the series is a work of fiction.  But unfortunately and tragically, the series is based upon research. 

For instance, please take a look at this article in which the good guys rescue 149 kids, some as young as twelve, from a human trafficking ring.  So in answer to those comments, yes, unfortunately it does happen, and yes, tragically is it possible.

But this series is first and foremost a work of fiction written in the thriller/mystery/suspense and crime genre.  If you like this kind of book, you might want to check out Book One of the Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives available in both Kindle and paperback, free with Kindle Unlimited on Amazon at

Check out Book Two of the Lives Trilogy, Shattered Lives, also on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback and free with Kindle Unlimited on Amazon at

If you’d like some background into the characters and story, the series prequel, Taking Lives, is also on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback, free with Kindle Unlimited at

Book Three of the Lives Trilogy, Splintered Lives, comes out in November.


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