I’d like to talk about something today that has caused me to think a lot over the years. In my childhood and into my twenties even I really believed that there was a RIGHT or WRONG answer to every question. I saw the world and all of the people it housed, and all choice as right or wrong – everything was black and white and the way that I was raised to believe was without a doubt the “right way”. I could not understand another way of looking at things and I certainly couldn’t fathom that what was right for one person could be wrong for another.
I have changed and grown a lot in recent years and I have gained a lot of temperance. I have realized that when we think we know everything or have an answer for everything that we take away infinite possibility. I believe in possibilities now and I’m grateful. We have the God-given gift of agency and we must live with the consequences of our choices. Sometimes choices aren’t clear, sometimes we struggle to make them. I think that often the biggest rewards come when we simply make the decision. If we will just act and then trust ourselves and the universe, to send us the best possible outcome, I think that we will move forward in life with purpose.
I love this quote by Elisabeth Elliot: “When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.”
I also love this one: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” (THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, page 333)
You and I were recently talking to a friend who told us some of his beliefs. When he was done talking, telling us the things of his heart, he stated: “But I could be wrong”. That was like a breath of fresh air to me! Someone who knew what they believed but had the wisdom to know he didn’t know for sure – that he didn’t have all the answers, and that he could be wrong. I believe that we should go through life making choices and learning from them. After all, aren’t we here to grow and learn?
Happy Friday!! Wow…you’ve really nailed it with this post. I, like you, grew up with the same black & white view of the world, often to the point of causing harm to others because of my own judgment. And I agree 100% that sometimes when we’re confronted by tough choices that are seemingly-equal, it’s usually the Universe’s (God’s) way of saying, “Just choose already! No matter which path you take, you’re in my good hands”. This is so true; when we plant our heels and resist making an apparently-daunting decision, it’s usually our way of screaming back: “Keep me here! I refuse the options before me”. This bold defiance usually keeps us in an endless loop. But when we simply take one step, rather than pigeon-holing ourselves onto one direct path, we instead celebrate the freedom of choice. And since Nature is energy demanding constant movement and transformation, whatever choice we make always rewards us by taking us not along a definite “fate” based on that choice, but rather, it will ALWAYS bring us back around to what our soul is actually expressing, whether our conscious mind is aware of it or not. So in effect, multiple paths will invariably lead us back to our soul’s expression. Do you agree? In the words of our friend, “But I could be wrong”…
You, as usual, say things in an eloquent way that hits home. I love the feeling of free thought and free action. We may not always agree with what others think or say or do but the beauty of life is that we are all diverse and want/need different things. The way our lives all mesh and weave into a beautiful pattern is nothing short of amazing. We really can learn something from everyone and I believe if we keep this teachable attitude we will have a life of joy and positivity. SO, my challenge for us all this weekend is to feel free! Make choices! Learn from your choices and the choices of others! Be happy and do something to celebrate LIFE!!!