Ed Goulart / Blog

Power and Choice

In most situations and circumstances, people have only as much power over me as I choose to give them. Fear may persuade me to give them more power but, ultimately, it is my choice.


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama


I do not actually remember the first time that I heard these words: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is- the battle's over. The bad news is- you lost." As humiliated as I felt accepting defeat, the day that I finally surrendered marks the beginning of the absolute best time of my life.


I'm trying to look at things from a different perspective this week. Adversity becomes opportunity. Frustration becomes motivation. Uncertainty becomes possibility. Is it time to push back? Or time to move on?


I'm feeling restless and uncertain, like I'm supposed to do something, but I just can't put my finger on what it is.


Change is coming. Being caught up in an adversarial situation is unpleasant. It weighs upon me. It also, however, motivates me to consider new directions and new possibilities. "I glance behind to glimpse the light, then reach out and embrace the night." Change is coming.


On this Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all the manifestations of grace in my life. I have friends, family, music, teaching, and so much more.