What will you choose?

Every life has its challenges. None of us are immune from daily distractions and annoyances.  My friend, Linda, described these events as “lumps in the oatmeal.”

We have a choice.

Do we let the mundane, the lumps in the oatmeal, overtake us? Or, do we embrace each moment with grace?

In this case, the Merriam-Webster definition best describes how I view grace — a disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency.

Serendipity led me to this beautiful music written by Paul Cardall. His story inspires and demonstrates how our choices can influence how or if we share our gifts even in the worst of circumstances.

Listen now to Gracie’s Theme

Paul was born with a congenital heart defect. As you listen to the music he has written, his choice is obvious. For the past two days, I have listened and been overwhelmed by the beauty of his work.

More than anything, the notes and words remind me that we can shape our lives, our families, our workplaces into cultures of grace and hope. We can do it one act, one person, one moment at a time.

Excellence does not grow where hate, unbridled competition, and contempt surround us like a thick fog. Even in the darkest of places, one person can make a difference. We must choose to be a beacon or remain a pall of darkness.

What will you choose today?

And always—

Be kind. Be brave. Be you.