Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the Cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland …
When you do not know where you want to go… you cannot possibly claim to be making a choice. A choice requires foresight and judgment. This is true with every choice we have in life. When we act without prior thought of the outcomes and consequences, we are not truly making our choices. Additionally, as Lewis points out here, if we are not truly making our choices, then it seems that it really “doesn’t matter” to us where our ship is going, as we are not truly sailing it.
We each have the power to determine our lives. Where do I want to be in 5 years? What kind of person do I want to become? What type of experiences do I wish to encounter this day? If we wish to live our lives to the fullest, we need to direct our sails. This requires a good attitude on our part. Additionally, it calls for awareness, understanding, and discernment in life. The final–and greatest ingredients required–are “deep and honest choices.”
The oceans of life are vast and the choices can often be tough. But the journey is worth it for those who experience it to the fullest–for those who observe, reflect, and understand the decisions they make in life.
Take time to reflect upon the choices you make today.
Questions to consider:
What happens to us if we always just go along with whatever is happening or whoever we happen to be with?
Have the past choices in your life always brought you to a place you wished to go?
How can taking the time to reflect upon where we want to go have a positive effect on our choices?
For further thought:
But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”
~ Stephen R. Covey