Do you remember “Choose your own ________” items from childhood? Fill in the blank with words like “story” or “adventure”. And then there were Mad Libs, the stories with blanks you filled in for things like nowns, verbs, colors, people. These activities led to many laughs when completed, but something I heard on my morning commute reminded me that every day is an opportunity to choose. Public transit offers a true cross section of humanity and each day riding the subway can introduce you to all types of personalities in your fellow riders. However, my commute the other day made my train operator stand out among the crowd, reminding me of those “Choose your own” games.
This operator performed the usual functions of announcing stops and the closing of doors, but took the opportunity between stations to philosophize. It was a Monday, and he had words of wisdom for us all that I took to heart.
The phrase I heard and remember most strongly is “Walk with Victory”. The train operator went on to talk about how every day is an opportunity and it is up to us to choose how we embrace it. His phrase of “Walk with Victory” reinforced for me the idea that I can choose to have a successful day. Going with the flow and not fighting against things I cannot change can make the day feel victorious rather than full of disappointments and frustrations.
How we approach each day is a choice we have to make. Good decisions and bad are all our own. Make good decisions. Don’t let the day just happen on its own. Make it happen for you.