#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Choice-Points

For being ‘one of those days’, yesterday turned out pretty okay.
My daughter sent me a lovely bouquet of yellow roses in anticipation of Mother’s Day, and we had a long schmooze on the telephone. She’s about to graduate from UCLA’s extension program in screenwriting, and now she’s considering learning to direct. She’s amazing, and I am so proud of her!
I also revised and submitted the first 200 pages of “McKettrick’s Pride”, the second book in the trilogy.
So why did I title today’s entry the way I did?
Because I’ve learned something important, returning to Weight Watchers. There is always a choice-point–to eat or not to eat–and all my results hinge on that moment of decision, however small it seems. Each time I stop and ask for the power to make a better choice, I get that power. It’s only when I rush ahead, under my own steam, that I get into trouble.
Now, it occurs to me that this process applies to everything in life.
I’m an impulsive creature. I tend to rush in where angels fear to tread. Then the Boss and I have to spend a lot of time on damage control that could have been put to better and happier use. Moving forward, for instance.
Will I always remember to stop and ask? No. I’m frightfully human. But here’s another good thing–catch it early on, and the damage will usually be minimal. Rather than beating my breast for days, months, or even years, I can just turn to the Boss and say, “I did it again. Please help me make a better choice.”

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