Want to embrace life?

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By JE Bolton

An ancient proverb once said, “All life is choice. Certain things can be stopped only if you choose to allow it to happen.”

Several years ago when I had hair, there were two wonderful women I always went to. To this day, I have a great deal of respect for both and couldn’t ask for two better friends.

By the way, for those who wonder where my hair went to- why don’t you ask that vindictive Mother Nature? It’s all her fault. Anyway, getting back to my story.

One of those ladies who I went to church with years ago, told me that she and two of her best friends always discussed things they wanted to accomplish. The only problem was when they’d get ready to accomplish those things, there’d always be some excuse that arose that prevented them from achieving certain things.

To remedy the situation, they bought a cheap tombstone with nothing on it. I thought she’d flipped her lid until she told me what they used it for.

One day, they got together and had a funeral.

Not for a person, but for their excuses, procrastination and all things verbal and mental that keep them from being all that they were destined and commissioned to be.

On the tombstone, they wrote “Here lies excuses gone and forever forgotten.” Under that, they listed each excuse by name and it actually worked.

There are things in life that happen that’s beyond our control, but there are some things we can control if we really wanted to. But it‘s ironic how there‘s always some excuse that magically pops up. You know the excuses, “I can’t go back to school,” “No one I know does anything like that.”

And then there’s my favorite: “I come from a small town and I can’t do big things like others.” Really?

LaFollette’s population is 8,194, as of July 2008.

Ask country music superstar Carrie Underwood (Checotah, Oklahoma, population: 3,469), Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, population: 4,380), International singer Susan Boyle (Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, population: 4,761), and music icon Tina Turner (Nutbush, Tennessee, population: a whopping 259) if because they come from a small town and can‘t make things happen.

They seem to be doing pretty well for themselves, eh?

So, embrace life, not excuses.

Of course, if you do get down and discouraged, just remember to buy a tombstone and lay all those pointless “shoulda-woulda-couldas” to rest.

Throw the biggest wake; take your life and simply live life without regret, negative forethought, and most of all, excuses.