To Choose Or Not To Choose

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“If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.”

–  Lyric from “Freewill” by Rush (Geddy Lee)

It seems a lot of emphases is placed these days on talking about choices that have been made.

That’s a rear-view mirror consideration; one not without value, it turns out, as we ought to be compelled to learn from the choices we have made (or that others have made) that have impacted us.

The windshield, forward-looking angle, however, is to focus on the choices we will make.  The choices that are upcoming.  What we will choose, next.

Ultimately the only thing we can do anything about is whatever we will choose — whatever we will do or not do — next.

Whatever we have chosen, whatever choices we have already made are somewhere between marginally and completely irrelevant compared to the choices we will make next.

In choosing, we determine the direction we will take.   Ultimately, choosing is how we impact outcomes and destinations.

And choosing not to choose is a choice we can make.  Where there is no clarity, there may not be a choice to make.  And that means there might be something more important than choosing.

Being — here, now, present, engaged — is also a choice.  One worth considering.  One absolutely worth choosing.


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