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Embracing the Power of Choice

Updated on July 14, 2011

The concept of realizing we have a choice in life may seem elementary upon first thought. Yet the more I delve into this subject in my mind it seems to be more of an overlooked ability for many. Somewhat similar to the saying "common sense ain't so common." I'm not stating any claims here to perfection. We all make wrong, bad, and convenient decisions in our lives that we sometimes wish we could take back. But it's those moments of choice for the most part that helps mold us to become better tuned in to our decision making in our future.


 These are simply my thoughts, but is it possible that over time if not utilized to the best of our ability with each and every opportunity, our thought process of really embracing our ability and power of choice can somewhat diminish? Honestly, I'm just thinking out loud. It may be unfair to state this given the fact that there are so many different circumstances and scenarios in everyone's lives to plug this theory into. It seems though that the more I'm presented with explanations of life's challenging situations by others, the more apparent to me it becomes that the realm of embracing one's power of choice is by far underestimated.

Sure it skips along the surface of simplicity when it comes to basic everyday choices like; what to wear in the morning, which route to take to work, what to eat for lunch, when to contact that old friend, what movie to go see, etc. But what about those moments in life that require many episodes of battling in your mind what to do? We tend to fall into a pit of emotions when confronted with difficult or challenging times. We search and search for answers of how we can change things, or how we can make that person see things our way, etc. When the answer is sitting in our brains the whole time. If things become complicated, confusing, challenging, frustrating, devastating, and to the point of us wanting to just throw up our hands and give up completely,it should be empowering to know that through it all, we have a choice. The choice to decide how we react to things and how or if we choose to even let things affect us.

I believe that as human beings, we are naturally led by our emotions. It's when we let our emotions rule our lives that we become slaves of our own unhealthy mentalities. Our emotions are constantly changing. How can we put them out there first and foremost, allowing them to determine our attitudes, when the only constant thing about them is the fact that they will always appear. That's why I truly find it vital to use our power of choice to decide on not only everyday issues, but especially in dealing with issues of complication. Why not choose to put all emotion aside and deal with what knowledge is at hand. Just as waking up and brushing our teeth is a natural part of our every morning, it's of great importance that we take the time to stop befofore we start our day and begin every waking moment with a concious decision. The decision of making the choice to be aware of all things, people, situations, and surroundings. Why not start off our morning with embracing the power and ability of simply making concious choices throughout our day?

It becomes very easy to blend right into the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, throwing carelessly our abilities of making the best choices possible far from reach because of life's many disturbances and distractions. Ironically though, it's in those times where we should do just the opposite and take advantage of any difficult or confusing times to utilize our own thought process and put forth our best effort in analyzing our situation in order to result in the best choice possible.

We are human and we don't always make the right choices, but we can do our best to do so as well as be accountable for our actions and realize that one of the most important things in life is that we have a choice. In all situations we have a choice. As it's been said, "knowing is half the battle." When we come upon the situations we can't possibly control, we always have the choice to take control of how we will react and allow things to affect us.

As I've said, I'm thinking out loud and for some reason this thought's been tugging at the back of my brain for a while. So I figured I'd take the time to write it out and share. I just wanted to bring a simple reminder to the table that we do hold the power of choice, each and everyone of us. The question is, are we using it to the best of our ability? Because, I've learned that in dealing with life through this perspective, realizing that I can choose my own outcome no matter what, has honestly invited a much welcomed lifestyle designed around peace. Everyone deserves peace in their lives, hopefully I can help in some small way to lead others in the direction towards finding theirs. =)

"Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done,it's always your choice." - Wayne Dyer


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    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      Hi STEVEW13, I really appreciate your comment. I agree with what you say about choices seeming to be made for you. I think that is very true. Embracing our power to choose, in ALL situations may not always seem easy. It's a mental decision that has to be made aware of on our own every single day on a regular basis. We're human, so we have that default to underestimate the power which we truly have. It can be a struggle, but the more we excercise and own our decision to realize that, in everything we always have a choice- it no longer becomes a struggle, it's all cake from there. ;) Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts as well.

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      Steve Wright 

      6 years ago from Norwich, England

      This is a really really good hub. The main problem a great many people suffer from in the world today is actually realising the choices in front of them, it's all too easy to go with the flow, and when that happens choices always seem to be made for you. Before you know it you are just used to not having to make any. You have a very nice style of writing and I look forward to reading more of your work. Thanks for sharing :)

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Epigramman, it's a great feeling when you can look back on the day and be thankful fot its goodness! I really appreciate your beautiful comment. I admit my selection of hubs are a bit scattered, but thats pretty much how my mind works lol! Thanks for 'choosing' to take the time to read my thoughts. ;)

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      ...well it was a good day I made a 'choice' and came here - your eclectic selection of hubs are life-affirming, positive manifestations of the human spirit - and essential!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Thanks James! I really enjoy reading your hubs and your style of writing, so your comment is very much appreciated!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed reading your finely expressed thoughts today. Well done! Great Hub!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Your welcome electricsky, thank you for reading and commenting.

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      8 years ago from North Georgia

      Thanks for sharing your hub.

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      You're so right hypnodude, thanks so much for your comment and especially the rate up! =)

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      8 years ago from Italy

      We always make choices, and not choosing is a choice too, the worst one because in this way someone else chooses for us. Great hub. I dig your style. :) Rated up!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Hi habee, yes I think we're all guilty of that. But once we realize this, we can use it as a baseline to grow on. At least we can try our best on making every choice a thoughtful one. We're only human, but the difference between us all is the spirit we choose to lead our lives by. Thanks for your insightful comment! =)

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful read! I think we often take the easiest route instead of making a thoughtful choice.

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      LOL! Hey De Greek! Thank you for reading this. I follow and admire your words, so your comment means much to me. So happy that you were able to read this. =)

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Don't beleve Nellieanna. Actually it's three of us. :-)

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Nellieanna, I appreciate your words greatly! It's like you're able to see everything I envision in my head so clearly, though I try my best to illustrate my thoughts in words sometimes I feel like I'm not getting them down in writing as well as I could. Your affirmation of this is priceless, you've made my day! =)

      You're right, our emotions aren't any less important. Just want to remind people that in most of life's issues, though they contribute to so much (for instance, savoring the sweetness after experiencing the bitter)we must choose to conquer or be conquered. "being stuck spinning one's wheels where there is no tread" is a huge reason why I wrote this. I've been there and presently see people doing this. If only it may help one sliver for anyone to read this, who may have never considered this mindset.

      Thanks so much for your thoughts on this, I always welcome your perspective! =)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Cheryl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Two of us know this! WOW!!! I applaud you for writing it with such excellence & clarity!! WOW!

      Everything you stated so well is what I've come to know, to speak & to write about for a long while, - long before I found HubPages, but also here! Accountability which results from taking charge of one's own driver's seat, acknowledging that one's poor choices were just that- one's own responsibility - and therefore within one's power to fix is one of my basic tenets!

      I'd add that emotions do have their place. Denying that one is angry, frustrated, in love, elated, etc. would be to miss out on some of the best parts of being a human being. One must allow them, recognize them, enjoy them and allow them to be - but not to be out of control or the control center of one's life!!! They have their places but what one must not do is let them rule over all the other signals one receives from head, heart & the central wisdom of the body. We always sense the truth even when buying into our preferred self-delusions.

      But when it "smells like a pig, looks like a pig, acts like a pig" - there's no sense in continuing to think of it as a dearly beloved vital to our lives if it's really not.

      One can accept the validity of the evidence one sees with clear eyes, when being alert & aware, & even while enjoying having felt the nice - but misplaced - feelings, if we can also be prepared to gather oneself up & move ahead rather than being stuck spinning one's wheels where there is no tread.

      Again- I applaud your lucid, succinct and most valuable hub!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Hello entertainmentplus! Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts.

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Hi singlmomat52! Yes, the battle between heart and mind can be a struggle. I've witnessed people suffer and frustrate themselves over this matter eventually leading towards their whole family having to deal with its effects. No doubt that it's a difficult task, but I truly believe in mind over matter. And I completely agree with you- it's as simple or as complicated as we make it. Very much appreciate your comment!

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      8 years ago from United States

      Good read thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      Cheryl, this is a great Hub. It would be so nice to make decisions that are of the mind only. But then that's the battle between heart and mind. You make many good points but I wish it was as simple as that. It seems it is as simple or as complicated as we make it. Thank you!


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