#31: Choices

Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Hi Everyone,


What choices can you make today that will give you a different tomorrow?


The French Existentialist Simone De Beauvoir wrote: “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”


For me, this is important because it is too easy during this pandemic to put everything on hold and binge watch a series of shows. But this does not help us very much.


What can you do today that will benefit you in the future?


How can you help your mind? Can you read more? Can you watch a documentary?


How can you help your emotions? Can you journal more? Can you practice gratitude? Can you be helpful to someone in some way?


How can you help your body? Can you drink more water? Can you go out and take a walk? Can you do some yoga or at least some stretching?


How can you help your spirit? Could you meditate or pray more? Can you read the scriptures of whatever religion you practice? If you are not religious, can you practice mindfulness activities, which means being present in your life?


Guilt comes from the past and anxiety comes from the future. These emotions are not helpful most of the time because they take us away from what is important — paying attention to the present moment.


Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Right now, amongst many other things, we are on a pandemic journey. It is important to realize that it is not where we will be forever. It is just the experience of now.


If we want a different future from the past, we have to work for it. Otherwise we are simply like a programmed robot, doing the same things over and over, especially the ones that don’t bring happiness.


For example, letting others control us by what they do or do not do is programmed into us. It is a program that only leads to misery because we cannot control other people. It is an illusion.


What choices can you make today that will give you a different tomorrow?


To Choices!


Apophat


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