The Concept of Choices and Its Importance in Our Lives

Choices. No matter where you are in life; no matter what age or geographical location you are currently located at-it all comes down to choices. To get up in the morning when the alarm goes off or to stay in bed a little longer. To even set the alarm the night before is a conscious choice. To resist making a choice is still a choice.

Why is it so hard to make a choice? It’s not always. Vanilla or chocolate is a pretty easy choice.

To wear the red t-shirt or the blue one is not difficult. But many of our choices each day are more complicated. They require thought, maybe even research, can be time consuming and take time to follow through. And then, there are unknown variables also called consequences. What will happen if you eat that doughnut? Maybe the interstate will be quicker, but will it be safer?

There’s also the emotion factor. When your heart wants one thing, but your head tells you it’s bad for you, it can be hard to resist that strong emotional tug.

Irrational emotions battling against the rational mind has been the cause of many poor choices in history. My mother used to say it’s just as easy to love a rich man as it is a poor man. But is it? That saying assumes that you have complete control over your heart and that you can always choose what’s best for you. I would love to believe it’s true; that I could just as easily love (choice) and marry (choice) a rich man as I could one who has no belongings to his name.

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I don’t believe it, however. It doesn’t seem rational to me. It’s not scientifically provable. But then, to choose not to believe it is my own personal choice.

Many tools have been invented to take choice out of our hands. Dice, cards, the lottery, letting the other person choose rather than do it ourselves. Procrastination is one of my favorites, having used it many times. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. But even using a tool is a decision, a choice of sorts. From the time we are born we learn to make choices. As long as we have our mental faculties, we will continue to choose. Sometimes poorly, sometimes wisely. It’s part of what makes us human.

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