Tracy Shaffer: The choices we make

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How do we decide on one thing when we have so many choices?

We have choices that we make each and every day, and for some people each and every minute. Where to go, what to do?

Do we take our choices for granted? Probably.

We know we do not have just one place to eat, or one brand of toothpaste to buy. We know we have a choice of clothing.

In Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, it states, "Choice consists of that mental process of thinking involved with the process of judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one for action. Simple examples can involve deciding whether to get up in the morning or go back to sleep, or selecting a given route to make a journey across a country."

Do we always make the right choice? Considering we have sayings like "the grass is always greener on the other side" or "hindsight is 20/20," then probably not.

We hope to make the right choice most of the time. Some people do and some do not. That is the key here, learn from your mistakes.

If you chose the wrong path, get on the right one. As long as we have choices, we can have control over our lives. We can choose to save money for that car we really want, or we can choose to spend it all and worry about the car some other time.

We can choose to buy an item or steal it. We give advice to others, and listen when they give it to us. We think about what they said and what we had in mind, and at some point we make up our minds. How many times have you wondered at the last minute if this was the right thing to do?

You know that little knot you get in your stomach when you are not sure about something? That knot is usually telling you do not do it. Do you listen? Have you followed that feeling and did not go through with it?

You know that "gut" feeling. We read and hear daily about people who have made bad choices. They make the news regularly. Choices can get us in to trouble, and get us out of it.

How would our lives be changed if we could go back and redo some of our choices? What would you change or keep the same? How would your life be different if you changed one small thing?

Do we make certain choices as we age because no one can tell us "no" now? We are all grown up and should know better now.

We have life lessons that we can draw on, and hopefully not repeat if the lessons we learned from then were bad ones. We can only make sure the choices we are making now, and in the future, are the best ones we can make.

As someone once told me, "The one and only thing that you can truly call your own are the choices you make."

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