"Hey, Make Good Choices!"

This post was written by Diane Clement.

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Luck: a force that brings good fortune or adversity As we wove our way in and out of traffic, he continued to ask questions about life in Mexico. “What place have you enjoyed the most?” I don’t make a habit out of chatting up my cab drivers; especially here in Mexico City as there exists a hovering apprehension. Does this guy look like he might mug me? As if I can tell by appearance alone. I’ve been lucky so far. “Each place has been different.” I continued. “Rio was beautiful. Japan was interesting. But Thailand. You know what I learned about people in Thailand? I learned that happiness isn’t connected to ‘things.’ People who live there wear a smile so gigantic you don’t notice that they’re not wearing shoes.” And I elaborated.

“The best things in life aren’t things.”  ~ Art Buchwald

I have always considered myself to be lucky. Not the pick-my-name-out-of-a-hat lucky. But lucky in life. A life of adventure, an ability to deal with loss and detachment. And the people. There have been Samaritans, teachers, friends, challenging personalities, and then the ones who try to squash your spirit. Literally or not. A life of lessons. “I am lucky!” I repeat. “Really, really lucky.” But then I remember a phrase that Baron shared during Level II. He suggested that we are where we are because we got ourselves here. Power. He even repeated the phrase for it to penetrate a little bit deeper. “You are here because you got yourself here.” Sure. We are not puppeteers manipulating the world around us. But when you let the words settle, the meaning becomes a magnificent force. I am here because I got myself here. The sum of millions of choices. What to ignore, when to stop, when to listen, where to look, who to trust, how to dress, why to try. How to respond.

Millions of choices.  In a world of billions.

I have a colleague who gives a friendly reminder as we leave her room each day.  “Hey, make good choices.”  Four little words. And that is how we are made. By choice. Opportunities are plentiful, we will lose, we will detach. Life will shift; it will morph. Some people make good choices, and some don’t. We will meet both. We will meet Samaritans, teachers, and friends and maybe our lives will hang in limbo. Lessons are most often free of charge. And so my Thai friends were. Full of smile and song. Sweeping the rainwater from their porches after their stores were flooded time and time again. Waving with toothless glee as we wandered in to buy our favourite crackers. Happy by choice; not by circumstance. Empowered by choice, not by fate. My suggested revision: Luck Choice: a force that brings good fortune or adversity. Baptiste immersion
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Thanks Tiffany – it was a pleasure to share!

Diane Clement on April 24, 2015

What a fantastic post, I can’t agree more…. it’s all about choices. Luck has nothing to do with it.

Farnoosh on April 24, 2015

love it! (by choice:))

tiffany on April 24, 2015

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