There’s nothing good or bad, right or wrong about the way you live. Life is all about making decisions. And we are making them all the time. Obviously, no one wants to make wrong choices or decisions. So, even if you take a questionable__in the eyes of an onlooker__one, you keep at it because you believe it is the right thing to do. So, in reality, Life’s essence is about learning from each experience__drawn from decisions and choices you make__and being happy!
Understand that decision-making is intrinsically, always, fraught with risk. So if you are scared of the unknown, if you are afraid of taking risks and decide not to take decisions or exercise choices, now, that itself is a poor decision and a lousy choice. Let us say, this Monday morning, you have a choice between catching up on your mail or on facebook on the commute to work. You are here and reading this post because you chose facebook over mail. There’s a possibility you could have chosen your mail over facebook, in which case you would have missed the learning this post has to offer. Or possibly you could have chosen to do neither and simply ridden to work in silence. Now, riding to work quietly, choosing not to be distracted by anything, is a decision too. Any of these three decisions could mean something or nothing at all. Spending time on facebook could have cost you a customer opportunity. Or wading through hundreds of banal work-related mails, you could have missed connecting with an old buddy from school on facebook. Or you could have missed energizing yourself through embracing silence during the hour-long commute. So anything could have happened.
There are no set ways of doing things. Just as there are no assurances of outcomes. Simply, Life offers no guarantees. Life’s really about deciding what’s right for you at a moment, making that choice and standing by it, while learning from it.
Often times, your decision may blow up on your face. The world will say, “we told you so!”. But get up, dust yourself and move on. If not now, sometime soon, you will learn that it is perfectly fine to lose money, lose health, lose relationships and lose people in Life. Because nothing is permanent. And when you realize this through decisions and choices you have made, your awakening will be that much more complete. You will then know that although French philosopher Rene Descartes (1596~1650) championed that all choices must be logically thought out and only then executed (‘Cogito ergo sum’ – I think therefore I Am), too much analysis also leads to paralysis. It is enough if you know that every moment of your living, waking Life, you are making decisions. Some of them may work well. And you learn from them. Some of them may not work for you at all. The key is to learn from them too and resolve never to make the same mistake twice!