by David DeFord
Like millions of others I received a new I-Pod for Christmas. I love it. I loaded my entire CD collection onto it. I can set it to shuffle, select a music genre and listen for hours on my walks, on flights, or in my car.
It seems like the shuffle feature selects the songs at random, but it actually keeps track of the last time each song has played. It avoids songs that I have heard most recently and plays those I haven’t heard for awhile.
You’ve probably seen the I-Pod television commercials in which they show the dancing silhouettes and use the slogan, “Life is Random.”
I like my I-Pod in spite of its erroneous slogan. Life is not random. The slogan implies that we merely receive action from life rather than determining our life actions.
We continually hear that our paths are determined by our genetics, our personality types, our environment, our metabolism, and our circumstances.
These external factors do help shape us, but they don’t determine us. They may present challenges, but they do not define us. We need not live our lives passively like the ball bearing of a pinball machine—bounced and pushed by paddles and levers.
We choose our income levels. We also choose our weight, educational attainments, and our temperaments.
Has anyone with a slow metabolism ever reached their ideal weight? Has anyone born in desperate poverty ever risen to great wealth and power? Has any slow-thinker ever received an advanced educational degree? Has anyone with a negative predisposition risen above his tendencies and live a productive, happy life?
We expect those born with pedophilia tendencies to overcome them and never molest a child. So, we can overcome our own weaknesses.
In the interest of full disclosure I acknowledge my own struggles with keeping the weight off. Oprah has nothing on me in that arena. I choose my weight by my levels of activity and intake.
Like many of you, I must overcome the challenges presented to me—my own tendencies, environment, and circumstances. I own the problem. I cannot truthfully blame it on my parents, my metabolism, or the size of my bones. Taking ownership for my own issues helps me build greater hope and confidence that I can turn my weaknesses into strengths.
How about you? Do you place blame on your scales, your genes, or your friends?
You can overcome the challenges that life throws at you.
You can act and not be acted upon. You have the power to live life as you choose.
I love my I-Pod. But I know that life is not random—we determine our own lives.
Circumstance plays a minor role in the outcome of our lives. Our choices determine the paths we take. David DeFord
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