One of the most beautiful things about being human is our capacity for choice. Perhaps sometimes considered a blessing and at other times a curse, our ability to consciously choose is one of the most important things that defines us as a species.
Choice comes up daily, in the little decisions, like whether or not to hit the snooze button just one more time or what to eat for lunch. It comes again with the decision to stay in a relationship or to make a career change. And it comes in an even bigger way with how to spend our time, how we respond to others and how we perceive the things that happen in our lives.
It is so pivotal to our existence that I wanted to take it on in three parts.
The first part being the most important. And that is remembering that we have it. We may not always like the options in the moment, but we always, always, always have a choice.
There were times along the way that I forgot this. I forgot that at any one moment I had the ability to embrace my power and make a choice. I wasn't a victim to circumstance. It wasn't someone else's fault. I had the ability to be an active participant in my own life.
And if I had made a choice that wasn't working out for me, I always had the option to choose again. To create an outcome that worked better for me. Or to look at things differently. To come at again in a new way.
I see again and again that we give our choice away. We let time pass so that options are no longer available. We ask others what they would like to do, what they want to see happen. We busy ourselves to the point where there is no space to listen to what we need. We tell ourselves that we are doing things for others. We even tell ourselves that we have no choice.
And what a painful story that is when we tell ourselves that we don't have a choice. It's an old story that no longer needs to hold any truth. Because it never did.
We have been given the remarkable gift of choice. The pleasure of creating and designing the quality of our lives at every fork in the road that we encounter. I urge you to accept this truth, this gift, with grace and commitment to choosing, and then choosing again, over and over as life continues to present you with options and opportunities that have many different, yet equally wonderful ways of turning out.
There is no wrong choice. The only 'wrong' choice is not choosing.