Choice: A Unique & Powerful Gift

The Morning Perspective

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The Wake Up Call

I awoke at 4 AM; no alarm blaring, no work to rush to, no predawn trip to the airport, not even a dew lined tee box to attend, just a peaceful awakening to the silence of the wee hours of the morning. I did hear and feel the mountain breezes gently rustling the shears of my window and Tigger, my beautiful, friendly and well fed cat, barely snoring with a rhythm all her own. Quietly nestled under my covers, I lay there watching the panorama of musings behind my eyelids. As if from an unknown yet familiar place, a subtle voice began asking softly… “Why do you think about what you don’t want?” Then another question a bit more forcefully…”what do you want?” Finally, as if from a short burst of machine gun fire, one last question came to me…”You know you have a choice, so why do you think more about what you don’t want than what you do want?”

The Real Question and Answer

There was a sense of frustration at being asked those questions and it intensified somewhat as it dawned on me that I had heard those questions before on other similar mornings. What purpose were they to serve? The morning was damp, a little chilly and somewhat raw from a recent rash of storms. I cuddled up under the covers, shifting to a more relaxed physical position and, at the same time, slightly reconfiguring the posture of my dream state, settling in for the answers I guessed. Once repositioned, along came another question and with it, the answers to the other three…”If I had only one story to tell, what message would my words convey?”

During much of the past 22 years I have been reading and learning about motivation, change, and about the power of the mind. I have read about the influence of conditioning and beliefs on our daily grind. Recently, the art and science of gratitude has come to the forefront of my thinking. Of course there is a profound affect as a result. Yet there is still one element that remains, above all others, as the primary source of hope for living a fulfilled life, however defined by you, and that is the crux of the message I leave here today.

There certainly is an element of understanding required for the adoption of this message though it is far from intellectual. In fact, it is primal in its simplicity; so much so that its understanding is almost always lost in the conditioning that takes place over a lifetime. It’s as if this elemental human trait is buried, intentionally, only to be found by those who really want to know. Because it has been portrayed as hidden and remains so even today, many refer to it as a “secret.” Alas, it is not a secret at all. It is, in my humble opinion, simply a “choice.”

My personal story is not unlike others, and even though its ending may eventually appear rather mundane, its message is none-the-less powerful, especially in its application to those who receive it with a positive expectancy and genuine desire for change…within!

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The Message

Here is the message in its entirety and its simplicityYou have the power to choose! Anything and Everything! You have power over virtually no circumstance outside of your body. There are too many variables. Anything can happen at any time. You do, however, have ultimate and supreme power over one very important and overlooked mechanism; an element given by your creator which, if accepted, can change your life and many of the lives of those around you. That one thing is your power of choice, your attitude. It is the knowledge that you have a choice in every facet of your life. You were given a gift that is never taken away but, can be given up by choice or atrophy through abuse or non-use. This isn’t new and wasn’t new for the millions of people who have used its power since day one! Again, it’s not a secret, though it may be hidden within you, it is a choice!

You can choose to live or you can choose to die. You can also choose how you live in between those two points. You can choose to see the light and brightness of happiness or the dark loneliness of despair in any circumstance. You can choose to love or to hate anyone, in any environment, for any reason or you can choose to let go of all negative conditioning that does not serve you or your fellow man and you can make that choice at any time, period! You can intentionally choose to create a life that lifts the spirit of others, that serves your best interest and the interests of every individual that comes into your path through goodness and kindness or you can choose to selfishly allow the arbitrary circumstances of life, be what they may, to dictate your outcome.

Sadly, people chase happiness down every road on the map, when in reality, no map is necessary because your happiness, inherently, is determined solely by your choice to be so. Is it a fight? Sometimes! Does it require surrender? Almost always! I felt compelled to send this message. I do not feel compelled to prove it. That would be counterproductive as the only one to who that proof is necessary is you. The proof exists in the lives of so many people yet it has not been accepted. I could never provide enough testimony for you but you can decide to seek the truth that resonates with your soul and when that truth is evident in sufficient quantity and quality for you to adopt its message, you will discover a life beyond your capacity to dream. It already exists, there is nothing new, unseen perhaps, but not new!

There are no famous quotes here, no profound points to ponder, or secret information from experienced masters as my intention is to encourage you to look within and to exercise your independence from the conditioning of others, to ask yourself questions that are unique to you and to no one else. If you do, I am sure you will find exactly the life you are seeking!

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Epilogue

In this message to you, I have seen what I did not want and why I thought more about it than what I wanted. Fortunately, I have also realized what I truly wanted. It has manifested. I have used a most powerful tool. I have chosen to see my dream and I am making it so.

May peace be with you!

What will you choose?

I am able to surrender all that does not serve my best interest.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, it should be very obvious how I feel about this subject. :) This afternoon I'll like this on some of my lifestyle choices hubs and see if we can't send some hub love your way. Great job as usual my friend.


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christollesseb 4 years ago from UK ME ASIA

As you say the choice is here and now. Each must make it for themselves. Truth is at the centre of correct choices.

Live truthfully and simply. Joy and peace will follow. Thanks for a beautiful reminder of wisdom in action.

Across & Up!

Christo.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

This hub took the words right out of my mouth in many parts :) I totally agree that we create our own destiny based on our choices and a willingness to feel empowered. The universal laws at work. Great hub voted up and interesting.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks Bill!

Ordinarily I don't share my own work but, I felt pretty strongly about this one because it's easy to say "you have a choice," and as we both know doing is often an entirely different story!

Thank you my friend for your support!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Yes, the choices are sometimes glaringly clear, making them, getting to the point where you want to be is the trick. Excellent information and a roadmap for decisions. Up and more!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Christollesseb!

I appreciate the comment. We are living this together no matter the outcome, so why not take the high road when possible!

@ChristinS

I like the Universal Laws too! I say they are the laws that cannot be broken...er uh...or else!

Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad we share this type of empowerment!

Thank you!

@xstatic

Your comments always get right to the matter at hand. I suspect you have been to a few of these decision points yourself and apparently you've decided to share what you've learned with others! That's what makes me so grateful to receive them from you!

Thank you my friend, thank you!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

This is a great article and I relate to those questions of self. I think we (I know I have) do spend more time being in a (mental) place that we don't want to be in. That mind space achieves nothing but mental angst. In recent years I have been able to move out of that space, and into the clean, clear present, but I do find myself slipping back into that relentlessly noisy mind space at times, usually when I feel stressed and unable to cope. It is a place where self pity feels so damn comfortable.

We do have choices and only we have the power to make those choices, the stumbling block however, I think is right here in your words "exercise your independence from the conditioning of others" We are conditioned from birth to be a certain way and that conditioning is built on over many years. Breaking free is extremely difficult and staying free is even harder. I sure am working on it and your words are very encouraging.

I have just read the previous comments and have found others have said what I have said but so much more concisely!!! Oh well!!

I enjoy your work very much Born2care and look forward to reading more. My votes to you and sharing!!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

This was truly such a beautiful hub filled with much wisdom. My favorite quote by Abraham Lincoln is "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Thank you for the reminder...

Sunnie


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

I agree wholeheartedly. The question that keeps coming to me is why some people can't see it. Oh, well, on with my own life. Thanks for SHARING.


MYWIKISTEP 4 years ago

Sokrates (Ancient Greek Philosopher)

said:“It is not living that matters, but living rightly.”

I think it all about: believe in yourself.

http://mywikistep.hubpages.com/hub/Skills-you-need...


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Born2care........Thank you so much for this hub. What has taken me so very long (much TOO long)...is coming to the place where I'm able to comfortably transition from making all of my choices based on "what is best for the people in my life whom I adore,"....to....feeling free and worthy to make my choices based on ME....for me...about me.....oh dear....

That feels foreign, just speaking the words. Think I'll ever really get there? I hope so. Before it no longer matters any more. Voted UP+++


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catsimmons 4 years ago from Mission BC Canada

Voted up, awesome and beautiful :-)

I agree entirely with your sentiments; there is only one place to find happiness and that is within yourself. Look within for happiness and never be disappointed...


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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Choosing what serves us and what doesn't really has a dramatic effect on personal happiness!


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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Only when we choose can we take charge! Voted-up.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Fennelseed!

Thanks for the read! I appreciate your comments, especially knowing you're in that "clean, clear space."

It is hard to break free and that's why this hub serves as a reinforcement of the practice of choosing!

OMG Sunnie Day!

Thank you so much for the comment. You're an icon on HubPages and I'm really grateful for the time you took to read this hub. I think too, that Abe Lincoln was right. It is a choice.

Thanks!

Hi Sandrabusby!

Thanks for the comment! So many people have difficulty because they won't acknowledge the conditioning that we get throughout life from a variety of sources. Sometimes they just don't care to get it!

I'm grateful for your time!

Hey MYWIKISTEP,

Thank you for your Socrates comment. His philosophy was very wise and worth considering. I look forward to reading your hub. I'll comment when I do!

Thank you!

Hi Gramdawg!

Stop it! You are so worth it! I know you know that! I'm just tickled you read this article. We all need a reminder and daily encouragement and practice!

I a big fan of yours!

Thanks!!!

Hi Catsimmons!

Thank you for reading this hub and for your agreement! You are so right. If we spent more time within we wouldn't ever have to do without! Tee Hee!

Thanks for the votes!

Hi Jlave73,

I'm grateful for your feedback and insights. It's great to know that others see happiness in a similar way!

Thank you for the comments!


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Larry Okeke 4 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

Excellent hub! Ur diction shows u've been combing shelves of self-help books but the message in here is kinda unique. Voted up and useful!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Larry!

Thanks for the visit to this hub and the perspective your comment brings. I greatly appreciate it!


Happinessteacher 4 years ago

Food for thought - thanks.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Happinessteacher!

Thanks for the read and the comments. I greatly appreciate.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Somehow when I was young my parents - in how they lived and perhaps from the books they allowed and encouraged me to read, I grew to believe that we all have personal choice, much more than most of us believe or experience. We cannot control the world, shape other people to suit us, but we can control our feelings and make choices.... I have lost sight of it from time to time, but always some book or person or saying or Hub brings me back. Thank you so much. And so very well written. SHARING


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Born2care, I fundamentally believe in the subject you have broached and do appreciate the way you have ably penned these abstracts. But, sometimes, and oftener than not for a vast majority of the people of this world the 'choice' is not there. That is when the dialectics of materialism come in. 'Attitude' then becomes just superfluous and irrelevant. :)


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

P.S. I like your writing and vote it up and interesting.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Phdast7!

Thanks for the comment and the share! There are many things our parents give us, whether we realize it or not at the time, for which we can be grateful. My folks never encouraged me to read, but their lack of education and subsequent chosen lifestyle encouraged me to understand the value of learning, formally or otherwise, and that experience led me to believe the only person I had control over was me. Humbly, and without ego, I try to stay true to that as much as I can.

Thank you so much for your support. I intend to return the kindness!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi sen.sush23

I am thankful for your comments and your vote!

I have to admit that when I wrote this hub I was concerned that my use of the word "attitude" was going to present a potential conflict as this word is so often used in the context of what I would term as simplified motivation, or as you may have termed it in conjunction with materialism "superfluous."

Maybe that's a topic one or both of us should tackle in a hub, yes?

Thank you so much for your time, I am grateful.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Sure! I would love to do so, but nonetheless, I would look forward to your further exploration of the subject. :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow I love this statement you made..You have the power to choose! Anything and Everything.. this is the truest statement we have the choice. to be sad or happy or whatever.

what a great hub

Debbie


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Deborah and thank you for coming back to read my hub. Amazing how we learn what choices to make, isn't it. I hope you choose to have a wonderful day!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...you are a thinking man's writer and I leave from this hub presentation and another hub subject of yours inspired, moved and enlightened by your great heart and mind - you are a passionate and sincere gentleman and your affinity to communicate on a world class level knows no bounds - hubbravo from the epi-man and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3;39am


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Epi-man!

Your comment leaves me refreshed and grateful that a man, a writer of your skill would leave such an encouraging remark. (Especially at 3:39 AM when all of the inspirational waves of the universe are moving within us.)

Thank you very much!


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Ingenira 3 years ago

You have given a very powerful message here. Well written, Bruce. Yes, life is really about making choices. Making choices will be easier if we know what we really want from our lives, and what is the most important things in our lives.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hello Ingenira!

Thank you for stopping by to read this hub. I agree about the ease of choices when one knows what they want. I think they also have to have a sense of passion and compassion as well.

I am grateful for your comment and I sincerely hope you'll return to read and comment again!

May you have peace within!

Bruce


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GmaGoldie 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Born2care2001,

That was truly wonderful. I catch myself running and chasing items of no consequence and then I sit in my garden and feel guilty realizing full well I deserve the respite the garden offers.

Absolutely beautiful sentiments and very well written. Voted up and my sincere appreciation to not only brighten my day but to keep me focused upon what is really important.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Oh so kind of you to stop by GmaGoldie!

The physical garden is a wonderful place. My wife and I often dream of owning a Tea Garden, a mello yet beautifully colored and so aromatic it begs you to stay or return. Who knows, perhaps it will be so one day. Until then I will continue to be gratified when people like you GmaGoldie stop by and read what's on my heart. If this hub blessed you in any way, my gift has been received and I am renewed...I thank you!

Bruce


Alise- Evon 3 years ago

Yes, our Creator gave us free will, if only we could learn to not let it be taken from us, and to use it properly, we could live a fuller life. The choice is ours:)

Great hub. Thank you. Voted up and useful.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Elise!

I'm grateful you chose to read and comment on this hub. It sounds as if our views are complementary and I agree that using our free will properly leads not only to a fuller life for us but also to fuller lives of those around us!

Thanks for the vote up too!

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