THE GIFT OF CHOICE
We can choose to believe that we are unlovable
because of a past that is clouded by another's
unloving words and actions.
We can choose to suffer the depression
which has followed us into adult life.
We can continue to believe
that every bad thing that has ever
happened to us is our own fault,
merely because we were taught
We can choose to constantly struggle
with the memories of abuse
We can choose to give up all hope
for a brighter tomorrow because
the journey there takes too long.
We can choose to lash out at others
because of the unkindness we have known.
We can choose to believe that there
is no goodness in the world
and live our lives accordingly.
We can choose to be unfaithful
to those who have put trust in us.
We can choose to justify this by,
believing that trust is always broken.
We can choose to be forceful,
demanding, and violent because
that is how we were raised.
We can choose to loose control
and strike out at anyone that
gets in the way of all our other choices,
be they right or wrong.
We can choose to look at the sunrise
of each new day as a promise.
The promise of new beginnings.
A new beginning that will not
allow the pain and problems of the
past to rule the present.
© 2000 Jo Riley Dupree