To be human is to have to make choices.
Little ones. In between ones. Tough ones. Sad ones. Heartbreaking ones. Hundreds. Maybe thousands. Over the course of a single lifetime.
To be part of a society is to be accountable for our choices.
If we are very lucky, we will be in charge –or at least have the appearance of such– of the majority of our choices, whether they be wise or foolish.
Some choices will be rudely forced upon us by life and other people.
Still others will be the consequence of our own paralysis. Yes, not choosing is still a choice.
So many of our choices –the significant and the seemingly insignificant– will have the power to reveal, shape and refine our character; determine the very nature of our lives; and even destroy it.
Therefore, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have a compact, definite and stated point of view –a philosophy– that we can turn to during our moments of decision to help us make choices that align closely with our intended desires and goals.
In this moment, can you say “I am proud of my choices”?
I have a philosophy for every area of my life: (1) How to live healthy; (2) How to dress; and, maybe most important of all, (3) How to be a good human.
When making choices about what kind of daughter or friend or employee or sweetheart or stranger I will be, I try to choose a path that will uphold all four of the my chosen principles:
Candor | Incorruptibility | Magnanimity | Creativity
In truth, when I am burdened with decisions that are tough or heartbreaking, having a defined philosophy does not magically erase the hardship, but it has given me a solid framework on which to build an honorable life.
For me, having a definite, stated philosophy has allowed me to live a life that is conscious, purposeful and wholesome — a life that I can feel proud of.
Call to action: Do you have a philosophy about life? Do your choices do you proud?