When I was teaching in India, my speech students were required to start what I called an Idea File. Basically, it was a collection of their speeches, quotes, stories,pictures and such. Ostensibly, it was for later speeches, but the hidden agenda was that later on, they would be able to look back and perhaps find something they needed to make a choice or find/offer comfort.
Before going further with my thoughts on choice, I’m posting a morning intermezzo list. I’ve included a number of quotes from Denis Waitley, one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and productivity consultants in the world today. And he believes very strongly in personal choice and the responsiblity for those choices.
As near as I can tell, he’s also discovered as Linus told Charlie Brown (one of my favorite moments): Life is more than a bumper sticker.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.
Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.
Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.
Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.
Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.
Change is the essence of life.Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.
Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.
–Charles R. Swindoll
Remember you’ve got a choice. When you feel you can’t handle something, you can either choose to feel miserable and helpless, or maybe put your life in someone else’s hands to sort out – if they can be bothered. Or you can decide to take charge , take full responsibility for whatever’s happening, even if none of it seems to be your fault, and decide to turn poison into medicine
— Geoff from the book, The Buddha, Geoff and Me
tomorrow: choice, maps and territories
1st picture by Eric Lindgren http://www.handgraphics.com/sf_portfolio/lindgren