“You may not control all the events
that happen to you,
but you can decide
not to be reduced by them.”
— Maya Angelou
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own,
and you know what you know.
And you are the [person]
who’ll decide where to go.”
— Dr. Seuss
“You don’t get to choose
how you’re going to die, or when.
You can only decide
how you’re going to live.
— Joan Baez
Today’s MotD reminds us that we make decisions every day, all day long; most are by default or habit, some are made without a second thought, some are mindfully done, and some we put off (which ironically is also a decision).
We are being encouraged to be more mindful in our decision making, along with taking responsibility for those decisions. If we decide to eat three bowls of spaghetti (in my youth I could do that) then we must also take responsibility for the impending belly ache and/or the overnight three-five pound weight gain.
Being mindful with decision making involves being singularly focused on what it is we truly want to do and why we want it. Being mindful we can consciously choose who decides: our toddler brain, our ego, our heart brain, our logic brain, etc. When making a decision we can gain some added clarity by asking ourselves a couple of questions:
- what part of me is making the decision
- am I in a calm, objective state to make an honest decision, that supports my truth
- what’s the why of all the possible options; which ones feel expansive and which ones feel like they would crush my spirit
- am I willing to take full responsibility for whatever I decide
- how important is it to take into consideration the ”greater good of all” when making this decision
One last quote:
“The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
decide what you want.”
— Ben Stein
The Mandala Lady
btw…here’s what I started with…