Thought For The Day 09/20/12





Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool  I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost  everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or  failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is  truly important.

Steve  Jobs

 February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011


CHOICE! Such a tiny word and yet it is one that most definitely has bang for its buck! For starters, it is the reason that caused our brothers and sisters from Europe to emigrate here and to settle in this new land and to make a new life just over 500 years ago. Freedom of CHOICE! And it was also what the white man removed from the vocabulary of every Native American in the years following this momentous occurrence and it is a tragedy that we have been forced to live with ever since! No freedom of CHOICE! Yes, choosing correctly as part of our day to day existence is not something we do cavalierly but with a great deal of foresight and thought.  You see, while we make unconscious decisions every single day, making a conscious choice can turn our life in the direction we need to travel to help us to achieve the things that not just suit us best but will also make us the best person we can possibly be! Which is why I like thinking of the word CHOICE as an acronym.





We all want to do the right thing. But determining the right thing to do isn’t always easy. Every time we pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV,  someone tells us not just how we ought to behave but they also hurl at us ideologies they believe are in our best interests, as well. But unless they have walked a “mile in my moccasins” there is no one on the face of the earth that knows with any degree of certainty what is really best for me in life. The operative word here is me! Now this does not mean that my choices do not impact on the life others in my inner circle.What it does mean is that the path I choose can not be what my spouse, friends, family, teachers, boss or society thinks is the right path for me. It must be what my heart says is best for me that counts. So while you are giving thought to those choices, I want to offer some food for thought to you as you seek to discover and understand why choosing correctly matters!


  • Like it or not, our actions DO impact on those closest to us as well as the strangers we interact with every day. When we are sad, our behaviors to others around us is usually angry or withdrawn. Conversely, when we are happy and content, we radiate “good naturedness” from every pore. What you give to others is always returned back. When we remember to keep the best interest of the collective group in mind, and act in a generous and loving manner to others, they will often return the sentiment in kind! Simply put, what goes around, comes around!
  • Always remember that it is not just the other guy that benefits from choosing and acting the right way. When you do not do the right thing, it is impossible to feel good inside! Perhaps you can recall doing something that your gut told you was wrong. Do you remember the way it made you feel? Most likely you felt empty and disappointed with yourself! Life’s fastballs are hurled at us breakneck speed every day so why would we choose actions that make us feel defeated even before we start?
  • Finally, while we remember that doing the right thing makes us feel better about ourselves, always remember one other thing. Doing the right thing is pleasing to God! When you turn over all that you are to Him and trust in Him, He will help you with those choices you have to make every step of the way. God only wants what is best for us and since he knows us better than we know ourselves, placing our trust solely with Him will never lead us to make any wrong choice. And even when we doubt, remember that He has faith in the person we are. All we need do is have as much faith in Him as He has in us!





19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NIV


Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry


About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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