I was chatting with a commenter on my last post and one of the things that came up is that not making a choice is a choice.
It’s an interesting thought, isn’t it?
Wouldn’t it be nice if by simply not making a choice… not choosing a path when presented with options, that we could stop time? That the world wouldn’t keep going around us until we had decided what we wanted and were able to take our step down whatever path we chose. The unfortunate reality is that because time passes, regardless of what we do… regardless of whether we make an intentional choice or not, there’s always a default path that we just end up down because time doesn’t wait. The other unfortunate thing is that it’s very rare that the default path is anything other than a negative… Maybe it’s not a clearly negative thing right away but dollars to donuts, letting life just happen around you isn’t going to net super positive results.
Nowhere is that more evident than in finances and health and fitness. I don’t claim to be an expert on either but I have no sage wisdom to give about finances other than ‘pay your bills’ and ‘don’t ignore things’.
Health and fitness is just one big choice that we make every day. And putting off that intentional choice until ‘tomorrow’ or ‘January 1’ or ‘after some big event’ is a choice to let more time and more opportunity slip away.
Every day that comes along is an opportunity to just let life happen to you and delude yourself into thinking that not making an intentional choice means that the outcome is ‘out of your hands’. And every day that comes along is equally an opportunity to take responsibility for yourself, and your life and your wellbeing and make a choice. Sure, maybe it won’t be the best one, or maybe you’ll have to make many choices in a trial and error type of method in order to get where you want to go. But that means that you are intentionally living and choosing and growing and trying. Not just letting the default ‘happen’.
Again I come back to the motto of this blog. ‘Time passes anyway. Do something useful with it’. Every day that goes by is a blessed and golden opportunity to do something purposeful. Make a choice. Make many choices.
If given the choice, which we always are, I choose to choose.