As a kid, I couldn’t get enough of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series. I loved assuming the role of the protagonist – making choices that determined the main character’s actions and the plot’s outcome. The impending options at the bottom of many pages allowed ME to guide my hero. Flipping back and forth from book’s beginning to end was a new way of reading, and the many possible conclusions allowed me to read the same book countless times.
While I no longer turn to these books for literary fun, I realize each of us is choosing our own adventure daily. The choices we make, large and small, impact future choices and, ultimately, the day’s outcome. We make small choices like what shoes to wear or which route to take to the office. And we make big choices like buying a home or deciding on a grammar school for a child.
I also realize we have an opportunity to make conscious choices about “how” we show up every day. By “how,” I mean who we are in relationship with our family members, our friends, our co-workers. Are we positive and uplifting? Are we sullen with a defeatist attitude? It’s easier said than done, but I encourage each of you to start your daily adventure with a decision to show up in a way that inspires others.
You don’t have to wear a smile on your face all day or listen to Pharrell’s “Happy” on repeat, but you can choose to positively impact at least one person’s life each day. Do that, and I think you will find that you will begin to take more control over the plot of your life and its outcome.