It’s All About Making Choices

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterdayNancy Smeltzer, MFA

Making choices, one decision at a time, has become my way of being since this extended illness began in June. That’s how I make my art work, one motif at a time. It’s not been so very often,however, regarding  my decision making method in the past and how I ran my life. However, a dear friend who has stood by me, checking in on me every few days, has added another aspect to the process. “It’s all about choices, Nance, it’s all about choices!”, he’s constantly reminding me. While he’s usually referring as to whether or not I stick to my restrictive diet, takes the 42 pills/day, and rest and take care of myself, his comment is also not a bad metaphor for life.

Growing up in the 60s, Eleanor Roosevelt’s concept of making good choices in the illustration above was instilled in us by our parents and in school. Coupled with that were the undesirable consequences that were inevitable if good choices weren’t made. Fear was often a part of that decision making process, and punishments were doled out accordingly. When I began teaching in the early 70s, that method of educating kids was still active, but somewhere in the 80s, the pendulum swung, and society didn’t seem to value good choices so much anymore,

I am definitely not proposing beating children, or anybody else into compliance as was often done when I was a child. I do, however, feel that my life would be easier right now if society supported this rather austere life I’m leading now compared to how it was just six moths ago. I had piled on years of neglect onto my body, so that when I was besieged by the Lyme and tick malaria diseases, I had practically no immune system to fend off the bacteria and parasites. A very lengthy recovery period facing me is the consequence.

I do see more and more people making wise choices these days with regard to their bodies, their medical decisions, and their spirituality. I have also drawn to me a group of like-minded souls who are on the same wave-length regarding how they choose to mindfully live. While not society at large, these friends do constant mirrors for me as to how I want to live my life. Ultimately, however, if I don’t have the internal will to choose to continue to stick to my regimen, I’ll quickly slide back into poor health. So, it’s with a great deal of gratitude that I have this man in my life to remind me every so often, “It’s all about choices, Nance, it’s all about choices!”.

How mindfully do you make your life decisions? Do you take into consideration any consequences before making your choices?

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About Nancy Smeltzer

I'm passionate about long distance spiritual and alternative healing, having had a successful practice now for over ten years. My clients work with me over the phone and on Skype from all over the USA and Canada, as well as Switzerland, Russia, and Australia. I specialize in helping people heal their negative repeating patterns of behavior and remove the stuck energy in their unconscious minds. By doing that, they can quit going round and round in circles,. repeating the same mistakes, and move forward to having the life of their dreams. Besides my holistic healing practice, I've also been professionally creating art quilts and other fiber arts for over 30 years. My specialty is contemporary beaded art quilts. On my web site, I bill myself as the "Self Proclaimed Button and Bead Queen of Maryland (USA)." My recent works have images that are based on what I see when I tap into a person's energy field and are called Meditation Gardens. These visionary art pieces are the perfect place for that person to play and meditate. In my spare time, I'm a rabid, avid "dirty nails" gardener, composing scenes with plants. Sometimes, I come inside so dirty that my clothes have to go straight into the washing machine; they're too dirty for the dirty clothes hamper! -The Official Google + site for Nancy Smeltzer
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