The choice is up to you.


We always have a choice in everything, whether we choose to see it that way or not. Choice 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 feel trapped. Two other challenges arise with “choice” when: 1) we have to make a hasty decision and 2) we are afraid of making the wrong decision.

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

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.

However, 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. We can now see that there are multiple options available: 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.

What if we make the wrong choice? Sometimes we just need to have faith that we are making the right decision. We must face the fear, take the possible risk, and make a choice. Also, we could contemplate the worst case scenario to gain clarity, which may reveal that the choice is not so bad after all. This is a good 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.

P.S. Today’s image is designed to be a coloring sheet; feel free to download, print, and color it as a reminder that the choice is up to you.


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