You always have a choice.


We always have a choice in everything, whether we choose to see it that way or not. Let us examine choice, which is defined as a thought process of judging the merits, worthiness or quality of multiple options and selecting one of them. Too often we perceive only one option; but, the funny thing is that each of us always have at least two options: to act or not to act, on any given issue or situation. Therefore, we do have a choice. The challenge is being able to recognize the options when we are feeling stuck. A couple other challenges with choice come when 1) we have to make a hasty decision and 2) the fear of making the wrong decision.

How can we work through the challenges surrounding choices? One obvious solution is for us to choose or not to choose at that moment. We have the choice to sit with the decision in order to consider the option until we can make the best choice for the situation, which is to act or not to act.

How do we find more choices? We will need to take a broader look and view our situation from a different perspective or viewpoint in order to see more options. It is only then these options become apparent. Case in point, suppose an individual is challenged with a new policy at work with which he or she does not agree. Most would see that there is no choice; they are stuck with the policy; and, they have no options.

There are actually multiple options available here: 1) comply with the new policy; 2) ignore the policy, apologize and face the consequence; 3) speak with the policy-makers and see if the policy can be amended; 4) seek supporters against the policy and file a petition; 5) seek new employment and resign with a two weeks’ notice. After stepping away from the issue, where we feel we have no choice, many apparent options begin to emerge and present themselves when we use an objective lens.

What if we make the wrong choice? Sometimes we just need to have faith that we are making the right decision. We must face our fear, take the possible risk, and make a choice. Also, we could contemplate the worst case scenario to gain clarity, which might reveal that the choice is not so bad after all. This is a good way to way to decide how to choose. Now, you get to consider the options on choice presented here in this article. The choice is up to you, the reader.

All rights reserved. ©2016 by A.K. Orobko


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