Doing What You Feel Is Best

I recently made a decision that wasn’t the easiest to make. There were both risks and benefits to consider and there were people sharing very opposing opinions. I knew that in the end, it was a decision I would have to make. While it would affect others as well, it would mainly be affecting me. Bottom line was this: it had to be my choice.

It was a difficult choice to make. My mom, whose opinion I deeply respect and always have respected, was one that was different from my own. I usually listen and follow her advice when it comes to my health, but this time, I went in the opposite direction. Don’t get me wrong, I heard her out and looked into what she was saying, but in the end, I did something other than what she recommended. Was it hard.? Yes. Do I regret it? No.

The really difficult part was how it felt to go against her. I felt somewhat guilty and I felt that she was trying to make me feel that way. It felt far from pleasant. Still, I felt empowered to make my own choice and I had a support system that encouraged me to follow what I thought was the right thing to do – whatever that might be. So that’s what I did. I went with the decision that I felt was the right one.

Here’s the thing about making choices. It isn’t always easy. Sometimes you’re going to have to go against what someone you love is saying. Why? Because deep down you have a different opinion; one you feel you shouldn’t ignore. I know it may be hard to not follow the advice of someone you respect, but sometimes it’s necessary. You have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of the options placed in front of you and decide on the best one for you.

Let me be clear. I am not saying to go against the opinions of loved ones out of spite or anything of that nature. What I am saying is that we have to listen to our hearts and our minds. We have to really put thought into what we’re doing and go from there. We cannot allow others to guilt us into making us choose the decision that will make only them happy. I know that my loved one cares about me and was (and is) concerned that I was making the wrong choice; the risky decision. I know that she wants me to be safe and not to regret my choice. I know that. However, I also think it’s important to support one another. Remember, these difficult decisions are yours to make. Decide wisely and don’t allow others to guilt you into making the choice you don’t want to make. Stand up for that which you believe!

I hope you’re all doing well and I wish you all the best.

Reflection

I know that lately, I’ve been writing a lot about making progress. I’ve been talking a lot about this subject because, to me, it’s important. I’ve been struggling with anxiety for so long and while I still struggle, I’ve come a long way. It’s important to recognize that.

Just this morning, I was reflecting on how, a while back, I wasn’t doing something that I now am. Before, I didn’t feel as confident or comfortable when it came to doing this specific thing. Now, I feel much better about it. Sometimes I tend to forget just how much progress I’ve made.

I think we all make the mistake of selling ourselves short. We look at our imperfections and concentrate solely on the fact that we could be doing better. The thing is that if we look closely, we are probably all ready doing much better at something than we once did.

Reflecting is an important activity. It helps us slow down and take stock. It helps us remember that we’re strong, brave individuals that can reach our goals – even if it takes time. It doesn’t matter how long it takes us to get better, it matters that we’re working hard to improve our lives.

If you haven’t done already, stop and reflect on the progress you’ve made. I guarantee you’ll realize that you’ve come a lot further than you’ve given yourself credit for. Do you think you still have a long way to go? That’s okay! No one is perfect and we all have progress that still has to be made. The great thing is that with hard work, we can and will achieve our goals!

Interview For Writers of Cleveland Now Live!

B.W. Ginsburg

Hi everybody! I hope you’re all doing well. I was recently interviewed by Dana McSwain for Series One of Writers of Cleveland. I am so grateful for this opportunity. If you’d like to check out the interview, please click here! Dana truly did a wonderful job.

I first had the pleasure of meeting Dana McSwain at Loganberry Books. I purchased her book, Roseneath, which I have begun to read and thoroughly enjoy. If you’re reading this, Dana, I apologize for not finishing the book yet. As you may know, I started my first official job and have been pretty busy with that. Dana is so kind and generous. She’s unbelievably supportive and understands how hard writers work to achieve their goals. I’m really happy that I got a chance to meet her in person and collaborate with her on our most recent interview.

I hope you’re all doing well…

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