Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Illusion of Safety

Some people just hate having choices because it makes them responsible for their results and they want to be able to blame everything else other than themselves if it goes wrong. Nobody wants egg on their face.

That's why long term stable positions are sought after and held close when they are obtained. It doesn't matter if it is interesting, challenging, brings out our best, as long as it is stable.

What they fail to realize is that just because they make no choices does not mean that they aren't making a choice. We know everything changes some slowly and some instantly but all things change. When we don't make a conscious choice then we allow everyone else to make that choice for us.

There is no such thing as standing on the sidelines in life as a spectator. If we live we are participants. There is no risk free path for us to take. There is no refuge from life where we can take a time out. 

We might say that not making a choice is an illusion. Choices are made either with our participation or without. Life does not give a choice in participating so don't blame life when we are not going in the direction we want to go. Exercise the power of choice or the choice will be made for us.

Your thoughts?

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6 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

While reading your post I could only think of my favorite quote made by Theodore Roosevelt on April 23, 1910; The Man in the Arena.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Have a great evening Peter. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Great quote Sandee thnaks :)

pearl said...

so right Peter.....if we don't make a choice or decision, someone else will do that for us (or against, depends on how that choice affects us) .. but then there are a lot of laziness these days and just about everything gets blamed on someone else! that seems to be the trend :)

Peter Haslam said...

I agree Pearl seems to be a trend today

Jennifer said...

Hi Peter,

Very nice!

The easy way, the "safe" way, is to do nothing... but it is not the authentic, fulfilling way.

Making choices, living consciously, risking, while not easy, make life worth living!

thanks for this...

Jen

Peter Haslam said...

Thanks for your add Jen :)