If You Want to View Paradise…

For the last three months or so I have NOT been able to get a song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory out of my head…


That’s a long time to have a tune stuck in your head. I’ve just been randomly breaking into song with (and in my best British accent–for some reason):

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it…[forgotten line]…there’s nothing to it.”

Yesterday, however, FINALLY brought some insight into this madness. I was pondering some recent conversations I’ve had with some friends just before the wife and I headed for lunch at Cinco de Mayo when it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Here’s what I realized…and it’s not all that dissimilar from the actual lyrics themselves.

Everything in life is a choice. No, scratch that. While many things are not choices…like cancer, death, etc…the way in which we react to them is always a choice.

That said, “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it…there’s nothing to it”.

In reality, there is one thing to it…a decision. A decision to not let our well-being, self-worth, identity, etc be wrapped up in our circumstance. At any moment, at any given time, in any given circumstance, we can choose to be in paradise.

Maybe more on that later…

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