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Embracing the Power of Choice
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