Heart of the Soul

Heart of the Soul

It’s Up to You

You can hang onto your pain. Shackle yourself to the heaviness of it.

Or you can begin to let it go. You can allow yourself to be free.

It’s up to you.


You can be consumed by your anger and your finger pointing.

Or you can forgive others and also yourself. You can invite understanding and compassion into your heart.

It’s up to you.


You can be defined by your past – by your regrets and your perceived failures.

Or you can embrace this moment and give yourself permission to start again. A fresh start. A clean slate.

It’s up to you.


You can assume because you’ve always done something one way that you’ll always do it that way – even if it hurt you or didn’t work or took longer or caused frustration.


Or you can try something new. You can embrace change. And you can leave your comfort zone and see how great it feels to stretch yourself.

It’s up to you.


You can keep your heart closed and your walls up. You can protect yourself from feeling.

Or you can trust and allow yourself to give and also to receive love. You can open your heart again.

It’s up to you.


You can let fear envelop you. Tightly grip you. Paralyze you.

Or you can breathe through it. Lovingly embrace it. And move to the other side of it.

It’s up to you.


This life is yours to live. However you choose to live it.

It’s all up to you.

It’s always been up to you.



Can you feel the freedom in that?

Can you feel the possibility in that?

Can you feel the love in that?


You get to choose how you’ll choose to live.

It’s truly all up to you.





about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!


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  • Anonymous

    how did you KNOW??? thank you for this. thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful Poem Jodi… It made my day.. Gave me renewed strength to fight for myself and create a beautiful life for myself. Thank you so much

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