A Matter of Will


“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.”  ~ William Shakespeare

“Most of life’s actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.”  ~ Robert McKee

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”  ~ Tagore

“So many of our Dreams at first seem Impossible, then they seem Improbable, and then when we summon the Will, they seem Inevitable.”  ~ Christopher Reeve

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of the determined soul.”  ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Do or do not. There is no try.”  ~ Yoda

“The star of the unconquered will, he rises in my breast. Serene and resolute and still, and calm and self-possessed.”  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
”When the will is ready the feet are light.”  ~ Proverb

”Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.”  ~ Benjamin Disraeli

from the Desk of MarDrag:

In the old, tattered and dog-eared pages of the worn hard cover copy of my Oxford American Dictionary that still sits on my desk (collecting dust), the definition of Will is as follows:

WILL: The mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action: Diligent purposefulness; determination: Deliberate intention or wish: Self-control; self-discipline: A desire, purpose, or determination

Merriam Webster describes Willpower as:  energetic determination

I like all of these descriptions and definitions, my favorite being; “the mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action.” There is also a common word in all of the definitions: determination.

If we put “deliberately chooses or decides” together with “determination”, we have the perfect characterization of the Will. And we all have one. We use it every day in fact (to different degrees), even when we don’t realize it or are not conscious of it. We use it for small things like completing tasks, or getting the hubby/wife to do something we want them to do, or big things like creating businesses or the next great invention. And we use it for all those things in between.

The thing is….we use our Will frequently, and yet, we may not give it the conscious attention, focus or acknowledgement that we should. It is what we do with our Will, or for many, don’t do, that carries us along our paths in life.

If we would like to craft our lives in the fashion that we want to live, be who we desire and aspire to be, have the things we desire to have, and stop living at the affect of those things that would seem to control us….then we need to change our focus from “why?, I can’t, I don’t want to” or “I don’t know” to “I Will”. And I do not mean the “I will do such and that”. I mean the I WILL which deliberately chooses and makes the decisions of our lives and executes those decisions with determination until the result is to our satisfaction. It is a subtle yet powerful distinction. And one that can change our lives and propel us to realize our potential and that we have the power to overcome our resistance to use our Will in all its positive power.

I am not speaking of Willpower so much as the Power of the Will.

Acknowledge your Will and the influence it has on your life. Then gain command of it by making deliberate choices about yourself and your life, always striving to direct your Will in a positive direction. When we practice letting go of, “Why aren’t things going my way?” to “I will direct my energy in the way I want things to go, and with a strong Will behind it”, then we empower our lives to move in the direction that we wish it to go. If we are honest with ourselves about that direction, and we make sure it is a positive direction toward perfect love and perfect trust, then we need not fear or worry about where it will lead us. Directing the Will from our inner Wiser Self always guides us to the right course on the right road. The one we are truly meant to take.

Do not be afraid to acknowledge your Will. Do not be afraid to use it, but be clear, honest and good in your choices in how you use it. Choose to be empowered in the name of goodness and love, Will that you live your life in abundance and peace and that the rest of the world rise to the goodness of Will as well. A thousand Wills, and hundreds more, one by one…..and you can change not only your own life, but the life of the world.


13 comments on “A Matter of Will

  1. Nice post today (as usual). I’m going to have to chew on this one for awhile and see if I can find a way to impliment it in my present life of limbo 😉

    • Hi JustDee……limbo, that is a tough one because limbo indicates circumstances beyond your control that keep you in a place not of your own making. Would that be correct?

      Because (I believe) everything happens for a reason, then there should be something in that place that is meant for you, even if you can’t see it just now. What if you used the Power of Will to help you stay balanced, centered and open to possibilities while you are in that limbo until things become clear? Wherever we are can be a better place if we Will it to be.

      Sending warm thoughts and hugs to you! 🙂

      • That is correct. 😀
        I’ve been staying with my Mom in Florida off and on since March 2009. (I live in Arkansas). My time at home gets shorter and shorter and farther and farther in between as time goes on. (This year so far I’ve spent 6 weeks at home). I’m trying to make the best of it but it’s wearing on me.

        I agree with your second paragraph. I’m workin’ on it, lol.

        Hugs Backatcha! 🙂

      • Oh dear…that must be hard on you! I think I recall you mentioning this at the other blog before. Would it be too difficult to move your mother to your house? I can “relate” to being away from home for a time, and it most certainly does wear on a person. There is an element of “forgetting” who you really are. I feel for you about that. (I hope I am not prying too much, but is your mother ill and that is why you need to be with her? No need to answer if it is not comfortable).

        The one thing I will say tho, is there a way to enjoy or see the importance of spending this time with your mother as she won’t always be there and when she IS gone, you can look back on a time well spent with her. (I lost my mother when I was 18 yrs old, so never had any “real” time with her).

        The best thing, of course, is you have all of us at Lynn’s Place and here to spend your time with! LOL! We are here for you hon! 😀 (((((JustDee)))))

      • Oh My Gosh! The idea of my Mom in Arkansas has me ROFLMAO!
        Thanks for the laugh! 😆
        Seriously….she’s never been there and has no desire to ever go there.

        Trying to make a long story shortish – yes, she’s ill (cancer) but doing very well lately. She has weekly treatment at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville – which is why we’re renting up here (Jax) instead of living at her house in Ft Lauderdale (300 miles south).

        And YES my LynnFriends have been a life saver! Nothing like a good snark and belly-laugh to change your attitude!

        The doggie is my sidekick Tux. You can check him out on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/#!/tux.fritz – his page is public.

      • Okay! Oooops, sorry about that but glad you got a good chuckle out of it!

        Having said that, I am very sorry to hear about your mom. Mine passed from cancer too, but soon after the diagnosis. They didn’t have sophisticated tests back then so she had it for a long time before they “discovered” it. It can be a tricky process and “doing very well” can mean a lot of things.

        I wish for you some peace of mind through that process. I know how difficult it is especially with your logistics the way they are. Know that good energy is being sent your way! I am glad you find your LynnFriends a comfort as well as this blog.

        Tux is adorable!! 😀

        P.S. (again!) JustDee, I am just going to throw this out there, if you ever feel like you need to talk away from the blog, I’d like to be there for you, so just pop me an email at the address on the contact page above. Hugs! 🙂

  2. Mardrag, you always write such thought provoking things. Just beautiful. May I ask what your background is? Are you a writer by trade?

    • Hi trudie….thank you for the compliment! To answer your question…I would love to be a writer by “trade”. I am trying! I have been a writer since I was 10 yrs old and wanted that to be my career. I segued into another career but kept on writing. When I got sick and that career ended, I attempted to get published, but that was when the economy tanked and things changed making it harder to enter that world. I have had some poetry and a few articles published, but I have a couple of books and a new project I would love to see get published. I will keep trying as it is my passion and a long time desire.

      In the midst of all of this…I studied to become a counselor and hypnotherapist, so that is my background in that area and probably comes through in these blog writings.I do sessions with clients, both in person and over the phone now.

      The most important thing for me, though, is helping people….and it fills my heart with warmth and joy that there are people who are touched by these blog posts and that their lives may be better because of it. THAT is my true mission in life!

      That was a loooong answer, but the whole of it!

      Hugs to you darling lady! 🙂

      • Well my friend, you are definitely helping people with these blogs. They are always thought provoking. I find myself thinking about them during the day as I go about my life. I wish you much luck getting your work published, and hope you will let us know when you do.

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