“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel–“Thou mayest”–that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if “Thou mayest”–it is also true that “Thou mayest not.” ~John Steinbeck, East of Eden …
The beauty of life is that we have the ability to choose our paths along the journey. “The way is open”–the choices are there for us to make. And although the choices may not always seem clear, or may not be easy to make, they are ours make. Therefore, it is imperative that we do everything in our power to make our choices as simple as possible so that we can make the right ones.
We are faced with multitudes of options and alternatives in life–from the food we eat, to the places we go, even down to the type of toothpaste we use. With all the choices out there in life, more often than not, a simple choice is no longer possible. But the ability to simplify my life is always an option–one that will most likely make it much easier for me to make difficult decisions in my life.
The things I do and the choices I make in life will serve to define me and determine much of my experience here on this world. Do I make decisions based on who and where I want to be in life? Do I always choose the right choice even if it becomes the difficult choice? We have a responsibility to ourselves–and to the lives of those around us–to live our lives in a way that builds the world up and promotes peace, love, compassion, and caring concern.
Take a moment to reflect on your decisions throughout the day to ensure they are the wisest choices you can make.
Questions to consider:
What are some of the choices you face each day? What makes them difficult? Easy?
What elements are most important in your decision-making process?
Do you ever feel you have too many choices? How can simplifying your life make your choices easier?
For further thought:
“The need to make wise choices encompasses every area of our lives. Since we have time for only a limited amount of stuff, we need to choose wisely what stuff we’re going to allow to take up that time. Since we have only a limited amount of time to spend with friends or to engage in leisure activities, we need to choose our friends and our activities wisely.” ~Elaine St. James