By Hannah / 7 years ago

Life is full of choices.  From the moment we wake up, we make thousands of choices.  Three such choices are choosing how to act, choosing how to feel, and, in fact, choosing at all.  These choices are the basic choices that we make every day.

Every day, we make a choice on how to act.  One important part of that is to choose to listen to ourselves.  We give advice to other people over and over, but sometimes, we fail to follow that advice ourselves.  For example, one article I wrote was about patience, and trying to have more of it.  However, I still find myself without any patience for my siblings, and not even attempting to gain any, either.  Every once in a while, it could be good to think about some of the advice that you’ve given other people, and whether that applies to you.  If it does, think about whether you’ve followed that advice.

Another choice we make is to choose how to feel.  I once read a children’s book in which one of the main characters was feeling happy.  Others noticed and kept asking why he was so happy, to which he replied “You need a reason to be sad. You don’t need a reason to be happy.”  If you’re feeling down, make sure there’s a reason for you to feel that way.  If there’s no logical reason that you should be feeling that way, try to change your mood.  Listen to music, go on a bike ride, even just smiling is a way to lift your mood.  If you do, you’ll find that you are a lot more content.

The last basic choice we make on a daily basis is to choose at all.  Sometimes, when faced with a difficult decision, I choose not to decide at all.  For instance, say I was invited to do something fun with friends, and I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go or not.  Sometimes, I put off making a hard decision for a long time.  If the time comes when they need to leave, and I still haven’t confirmed if I’m going to go, I’ve essentially made my decision.  I’ve put off making a decision until the decision was made for me.

We make choices every second of every minute of every day.  We choose how to act, how to feel, and sometimes, we have to choose whether we even want to choose at all.  With all the choices in our life, sometimes it’s hard to know whether we’re making the right ones or not.  Just remember, listen to yourself, be happy, and choose to choose.  See you next week!

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