Have you ever had one of those days where you sit down and continue with the same routine you did yesterday and the day before and the day before and the day before? It reminds me of a song from long ago, “Is that all there is?” by Peggy Lee. What a realization….

 What I see in those moments is that the more life changes, the more it stays the same. Our country is again massively divided, the failings of health care as a business are obvious everywhere, and prices are again making life very difficult for the masses who are struggling to feed their children, pay their rent, and so on, and yet again a country of immigrants is claiming immigrants are bad. Where do we go from here?

As I have frequently said, our lives are filled with choices and choices only we can make. Do I give up and drop out? Live in a studio apartment, read books, and drink wine all day until it all ends? Do I cry and play victim to a life that is not filled with excitement, new adventures, and wildly stimulating people? Or do I simply realize my life is what I have made it?

In speaking to a girlfriend the other day, I was saying I wish I could Impact thousands daily. I wish I could reach massive numbers regularly and remind them that life is a gift beyond words. That it is filled with moments of abundance and awe and moments of quiet reflection where we are free to assess where we are at the moment. Is there something we would change? Things we would never want to change? Things we want to bring into our lives? Routines we want to eliminate? She simply laughed and said just another day in your life, darling…  She reminded me most people do not ask all these questions. Most people don’t sit and ponder to great depths just because…. Oh my….

I think that every once in a while it is a good idea to look at our lives and ourselves and ask “Is that all there is?” It certainly calls us to see that we have made it this way. We have developed ourselves to the extent that we have. We may want far more development, far more skills, far more experiences, and so it is up to us to make those decisions. Sometimes it reminds me I am exactly where I want to be. Sometimes I realize I want some smaller changes in my life but changes that will make a large difference in how I live it, how I approach it, and what I am getting from it.

Take the moments you want to simply glide through this journey. The moments you want to reassess. The moments you want to make changes, bring in new perspectives, new experiences, and greater stimulation to grow. All of it is our choice. All of it is up to us to decide what we want in our lives, how we want to bring it in, and what we need to feel complacent, fully alive, or simply open to whatever adventures and experiences show up. Choice… It is all about choice.

If that’s all there is in your life it is truly up to you to decide is that enough for now? Do you want changes? If so, what are they? How are you going to create them or bring them in? Isn’t life such a different adventure when you realize it truly is completely in your own hands? Keep it as it is or change it. There are risks either way; we are simply choosing our risks, our adventures and approach to the whole mixed up world of mixed up blessings and calls to action. If you ever find yourself asking “Is that all there is?” know only you have the answer…

Have a great week and if you want, just sit and ponder…


About Dorothy

Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.