It is through the gift of human choice that we can affect our lives and all who surround us.
“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
I’m at a place in my life where choices are becoming important in determining what direction my future will take. At times those choices appear to be overwhelming while at other times those choices seem so simple and routine. But to make a choice that will affect the remainder of my life seems to be one that is hard to grasp.
“It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.”
Throughout my life there have been moments of choice. Some were obvious and the pathway appeared open and straight. It is these choices that do not engage your soul because they are superficial and require an unconscious decision. Choices that are life altering are the ones where your soul becomes alive and it is within that aliveness that growth occurs. Such growth is the underlying energy we use to propel us into the future.
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”
Once you activate the deepest part of your being you enlist all the power of wonder and you look beyond the path you are on to see the possibilities that choice gives. Impossibility, fear, and dismay fall aside and in their place you find encouragement, power, and potential. These are the properties that create a new direction and provide the assurance that your new path will lead you toward your goal.
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)
Seize each opportunity to choose. Strengthen this portion of your being so that when choice is required the mechanisms are in place to create the most compelling argument for the acceptance of that which you never thought possible. Human choice is a wonderful aspect of who we are. Human choice allows us the latitude to create a world out of the visions we dream. Human choice gives us the greatest chance to begin each day with determination in order to seize our destiny.
“If you choose not to decide -- you still have made a choice! “
Whatever direction we choose results in a rippling of who we are throughout the cosmos. We broadcast who we are simply by being still. Our choices become the amplifier of our dreams and make us visible to others in order to create our world. Make that choice and watch your world change. Make that choice and look with amazement at what you will create. Make that choice and become a light amid darkness in order to change the lives of all you touch.
“As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us.”
A. J. Toynbee
I encourage you to look at choice without fear. Look at choice as the most human of ideas. Look at choice and become content with its beauty for within choice lies your future and within your future lies the truth of who you are.
“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.”
John Schaar, futurist