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Robin's Realm




As my heels clicked across the pavement, my mind was racing. I was running late for work. I chose to hit the snooze button one to many times this morning.  This was not a good way to start the day. Then to make matters worse, I had to choose an outfit to wear to work, as I did not get my clothes ready last night. My closets are crammed. My dressers are overflowing. The choice was not easy.

I glanced up and saw a police car across the parking lot. There was an officer opening the back door helping a convict out. I guess that is what you would call the young gentleman in the black and white striped outfit with handcuffs on his hands.

As I passed by this young man and the police officer, I thought to myself I wonder what the young man chose to do that he has ended up in this way of life right now.

It is a scary world we live in. All of us are living in this world making choices every day of how to live our life.  As I write, a thought comes to my mind. I wonder how many choices a person has to make in a day of their life. I bet if I developed an Excel spreadsheet to track mine, I would have a huge graph!

We choose what we eat everyday. All right, I confess. I chose to eat the licorice and M&M’s today. There were no carrot sticks or celery available. That is the excuse I made for the poor choice of not eating healthy today.

It was a long day at work. I was tired. I chose to go home instead of going to the gym to work out. I put in a mentally challenging day. That is the excuse I used for not exercising.

After I got home I turned the television and computer on. I chose to relax instead of doing housework. I needed to get caught up on my email and the news. That is the excuse I used for once again not cleaning and balancing my checkbook.

These are just a few choices I made. I had an excuse for all of them. Upon reflecting of choices, I can relate them to the choices folks have to make in Empowered Recovery.

There are a lot of them. The biggest choice of all is, “Do I stay in this relationship? Or do I leave this relationship?”

Only you can make that choice. No one else can decide for you.

I ask, do you want to be like the convict who made a poor choice and become a hostage to the handcuffs of an alcoholic relationship? Or would you rather be like the young woman with her heels clicking on the pavement of freedom? How will you choose to live your life? Can you live with your choice with no excuses attached?

--Robin Walters, February 1, 2006


© Copyright 2006 by Robin Walters. All Rights Reserved. 

Robin Walters is an alcoholic relationship survivor and writer in New York state. Robin still longs to be a school teacher, but now satisfies that longing by sharing her life experiences in the hope that her lessons will lighten the load for others. She may be contacted at robin@empoweredrecovery.com. Read more of her writings at www.EmpoweredRecovery.com/robin .




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