Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Choices!

There was so much going on in the past month and a half, that's my explanation, not an excuse, for why I couldn't write something! Am I kidding myself and making a play on words to justify my apathy towards my blog? Honestly, I'm not sure whether my passion was on the ebb or the physical pain was nearing intolerable levels. I was indeed going through a painful ailment. But this feeling kept sneaking up on me that I was using it as an excuse to not write, that I was not disciplined. That made me feel pretty low.


It's not that I was not on the internet at all. I was updating my page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dstepladder2hope on a regular basis, and although I wasn't quite consistent with my blog http://www.chef-on-the-run.blogspot.com I still managed to upload a recipe or two! It all boiled down to the choices I was making on a daily basis...and if truth be told, Whispering Leaves www.khushi-jc.blogspot.com lost out. Sad but true.


While hunting for quotes about choices, I picked quite a few which resonated with me individually. Then when I read them all together they seemed to be contradictory with one and supporting of another. I reorganised them and got a paragraph on CHOICES! Here it is:
"'There are no safe choices. Only other choices.' 'When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.' 'Choices may be unbelievably hard but they're never impossible. To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility and that's not how a person with integrity acts.' 'You can't cross the sea by merely standing and staring at the water.' 'What happens if your choice is misguided? You must correct it. But what if it's too late? What if you can't? Then you must find a way to live with it.' 'The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.'"


"'Never compromise your values. Do what you think is right. Don't let people make the decision of right or wrong for you.' 'I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.' 'You have to choose the best, every day, without compromise...guided by your own virtue and highest ambition.' 'If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.' 'It's choice, not chance, that determines destiny.' 'A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.' 'Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.' 'I guess, in the end, it doesn't matter what we wanted.' 'What matters is what we chose to do with the things we had.'"

Quotes in respective order: Libba Bray, Anthony Burgess, Patrick Ness, Rabindranath Tagore, Libba Bray, Elizabeth Gilbert, Steve Maraboli, Oprah Winfrey, Philippa Gregory, Neil Peart, Jean Nidetch, James Allen, Stephen R Covey, Mira Grant.

Gosh, I need to make the 'choice' of being more disciplined! Help!


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