This past week I had the incredible opportunity to listen to an interview with Ingrid Betancourt, a Colombian politician who was held hostage in the jungle for over six years. In 2002 Ms. Betancourt was abducted by the Marxist guerrilla group, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC); never knowing from day to day if she would be killed, kept hostage or released. Read her story in Harper's Bazaar.
Can you imagine, even for a moment, what it would be like to have no idea of your destiny or have any control over it? It’s hardly fathomable.
In one of the last comments Ms. Betancourt makes in this article, she says:
“It got worse and worse. As it got worse, I decided that I had to learn from my condition. It wasn't coincidence or mere accident that I was there. I had to give meaning to what I was going through. I decided that I needed to rethink everything about my life. And rethinking my whole life meant rethinking who I was and who I wanted to be. I lost everything — my hopes and future, and even something so basic as being able to talk to somebody or the freedom to go to the bathroom, eating or not eating — but I realized that I still had the most precious of all freedoms: deciding who I wanted to be. And nobody could ever take that from me.”
That last sentence got to me. She’s right, every one of us has a choice of “who” we want to be, how we want to react and what decisions we make each day to spark our happiness, our health, our relationships, everything. Each decision we make is a direct reflection of WHO we are!
If this sparks you, take a hold of who you are, who you emulate, who you represent and resemble and who you want others to see you as! It’s your choice!