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Thursday, November 28, 2013

How Do You Sum Up Your Choices?


My life contains a number of very bad choices. In the immediate hindsight, when things were going badly, or creating rather a great deal of difficulty, I said things like if I could do it over again, I'd do it differently. But that early conclusion changed with the benefit of longer hindsight.

Choices forge and hone us. Choices can make of you - like the proverbial rough diamond that is cut and polished and goes through extreme pressure and stress in order to become brilliant - an individual who has grown, progressed, and evolved precisely - and thanks to - those apparently occasional poor choices and their resulting aftermath. Choices can also make of you a very poor end product indeed. Much depends on what you choose to do once you realize you've made a bad choice. That choosing of your reaction to the bad choice is, of course, another choice, and with it, you lay the groundwork of the next part of your life - perhaps only a few hours or a day, or perhaps it will have repercussions that will be felt into the next decades of your life. And then, of course, more choices are made.

Perhaps none of this is news to you, but there is one little bit that we tend to forget: we think of the big choices as those that impact us the most but pay little attention to the small ones, those that we take many times a day.
  • where do you choose to let your thoughts go during your day ... many times a day?
  • what do you choose to read, listen to, or view during your day ... several times a day?
  • with whom to you choose to talk during your day ... many times a day?
  • what do you choose to talk about during your day ... many times a day?
  • how often do you choose to see beauty during your day ... many times a day?
  • how often do you choose to feel gratitude during your day ... many times a day?
  • how often do you choose to stay in silent mindfulness during your day ... many times a day?
  • how often do you choose to find joy in small things during your day ... many times a day?
  • how often do you choose to smile during your day ... many times a day?
  • how often do you choose to be kind, loving, generous, compassionate during your day ... many times a day?
As you see, these small choices during your day, every day, and many times a day, also form part of those choices that can make or break a life. As Camus said: life is the sum of all your choices.

Make good ones.

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2 comments:

  1. Such a simple concept. The "Cumulative Effect" of our choices is amazing. Food, exercise, spending time in nature, learning, meditation, and spreading "Love Energy" are all choices we make each day. Just a little bit each day creates an amazing life. Thank you your writing Gabriella.

    David Kulp

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  2. Thanks, David, your comment is much appreciated. It is indeed a cumulative effect, and as soon as we become aware of that and move in that direction, our lives can change in a most brilliant fashion. Look at the icon - Mandela - who just passed hours ago. What a cumulative effect in his life!

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