Reflections on Choice
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Days are shorter and nights are longer as winter, the dark season, fast approaches. We’ve had our first spot of snow and breathe a sigh of relief that it was a pittance compared to what fell north of us. Now we race toward the holidays as Black Friday sales gear up to claim our attention. Don’t be surprised to discover that inflation has creped into the sticker price.
We can’t take our peers or ourselves too seriously because it would fast make us a cynic. I dug through my file folders and found some truisms that were written by others that through time have become adages for surviving in a world that is spinning too fast for comprehending.
Pundits say human beings have free will, they can make choices to govern their existence. Here is what a few have had to say about they choices we make. A few I know who wrote them, others I don’t. The problem of how to make the right choice has been addressed in learned fashion.
‘The hardest thing in life is knowing which bridges we should cross and which ones we should burn.’
‘Choose a job you love, and you never have to work a day in your life.’ Confucius.
‘We make our choice and then our choices make us.’
‘You are free to choose but you are not free from the consequence of your choice.’
‘Sometimes the wrong choices takes us to the right places.’
The process of making up our minds as to what or how to handle life’s great problems has a clinical name – it’s called stress.
Some joker had this astute observation to make on the subject. ‘A diamond is a piece of coal that handled stress exceptionally well.’
Then comes the time when we must get on with it and live with the choice we’ve made.
‘I believe every human being has an finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.’ Neil Armstrong
‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In three words, I can sum up everything I know about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost
Enjoy every moment of the holiday season. It only comes once a year. I will see what I can unearth to entertain you after a long hard day of bargain hunting.