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Friday, February 26, 2016

Your Possible Selves


Just think about it: each decision you make takes you down a new possible avenue:
  • when you were a child and loved speaking the language your grandparents spoke, which was not the language of the country in which you lived, you opened the door to that job as a translator at the UN in New York or Geneva 20 years later
  • when you were a teen and you practiced the piano with perserverance and discipline instead of going out with your friends, you opened the door to becoming a concert pianist - or a fabulous music teacher
  • likewise when you were a teen and you said no to cigarettes or drugs or alcohol, despite the derision of some of your peers, you opened the door to inner strength of character
  • and when you started college and opted for semesters filled with a heavy credit load in order to finish more quickly because you wanted to get to medical school fast, you reinforced a habit of hard work that eventually led you to success
  • when you chose not to have to be right in every argument, you opened the door to specific relationships as opposed to others
  • when you chose to look more at the inner human being as opposed to the immediate attraction of the outer and more material qualities, you also opened the door to specific relationships as opposed to others
Examples abound, and as you will have understood, each of the above decisions led to one possible self evolving and not another. What happens when you have one or two glasses of wine at dinner or when you go out, instead of three or four or many more? What are the different possible outcomes? And what happens when you choose one kind of reading material or television viewing instead of another? What are the possible outcomes? (And not just for you, but for those who live with you; for example, your children). What happens when you choose to be patient instead of impatient, or accepting instead of judgemental?

So you can see that you are choosing possible selves ... possible outcomes every minute of every day. Do you choose to exercise? Do you choose healthy food? Do you choose 'healthy' friends? How about the thoughts you choose? And the feelings that derive thereof?

Is it clear to you that in so many ways you are responsible ... so very responsible ... for your possible outcomes? If your parents were alcoholics, or if you live in a totalitarian regime and are jailed for political reasons, or if someone crashes into your car and leaves you a quadriplegic, or if you are passed over for that promotion you wanted so very much (and you had done all that was possible in order to achieve it), or if you were not elected school valedictorian (and you had worked very hard all throughout your school years in order to achieve it), you are clearly not responsible for that ... but you are responsible for all the reactions and choices you make from that moment forward.

Are you choosing to be responsible for your possible selves and your possible outcomes today?

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