Sometimes we have many choices in life, but we choose to live with one. People are vivacious, but some incidents change their lives for the better or worse. It’s again about the choices they make. Revenge, reprisal, punishing those who hurt them—all this goes on. Today one takes revenge against the other, and tomorrow another one takes revenge, and this chain of action continues. Maybe this can be your “prarabdha”. Prarabdha is the share of past karma that is responsible for the present body. That part of sanchita karma that impacts human life in the present embodiment is called prarabdha. It is ripe for reaping. It cannot be evaded or altered. One has to go through this life cycle.
The choices we make every single day, whether small or big, influence our life in one way or the day, whether small or big, influence our lives in one way or another and decide how our coming years will unfold. It is simple. The better choices you make now, the better prospect you have of leading a contented life. Our choices are personal. It differs from person to person. With this, our choices and pronouncements in life will define our future and help define our future and build ourselves into a better person. Indeed, if we choose to do the wrong things more than the right ones, this choice determines if we are a good or bad person whether we are good or bad.
Similarly, when choice becomes a decision, it can affect the path we walk. It also limits our appeal. It reflects our values, goals, and ambitions. With this being said, only we can decide for ourselves. Only we can choose what kind of life we want to live. You might be going through the hardest phase of life, but even then, you have options to make choices. Whether you want to sulk, punish, or get punished, let go or choose something different. At times, life may not give you solutions, but it gives you the ability to find the answer. While making choices, be very careful because your choices will determine who you want to be.
Life is nothing but a series of mindful choices that you continuously make. Our electronic gadgets, like smartphones and laptops, have become our third hand and eye, and it is almost impossible to imagine our lives without them. But many of us fail to strike a balance between the virtual and real worlds. We hardly spend time with our loved ones or friends; we are under the illusion that the virtual world is our everything. See, the path I chose hardly lures me towards these gazettes and that virtual world. I am surrounded by people who want to seek salvation, peace, or some salvation, peace, or guidance in life. I create memories every day, meet different people, and exchange thoughts, pain, sorrow, and joy. I get engrossed in the real world. The real world is where I get engrossed. My choice gives me that privilege.
These days, most youth and even adults are glued to the online world and are not enjoying the little things around them that might not be present after some years. Staying in a toxic relationship is bound to bring negativity into one’s life and can take a toll on mental health. Whether it is your relationship with a friend, colleague, partner, or neighbor, it is wisest to step back the moment you realize it is no longer serving its purpose. Please understand that your happiness lies in your own hands, and by choosing to stay in an unhealthy connection, you might be inviting years of misery and regret. Life is volatile, and you never know what will happen the very next moment. Do you think all your accomplishments in life will be worth it when you don’t have anyone by your side to share them with? Many of us have this tendency of pleasing others and keep our own tendency to please others and keep our own tendencies to please others and our priorities aside. We fail to practice self-love and do not realize that a joyful us would make us a healthier companion, parent, friend, and, in turn, a gratified individual. Instead of looking for love, justification, assistance, or attention from someone else, take charge of your life, care for your needs, chase your dreams, and be your own star.
We all make our own choices in life; we go through different circumstances and, in turn, have an exclusive voyage. Following someone else and trying to be just like others, or making a comparison between your life and theirs, is going to compare your life with theirs and disturb your peace of mind. There is no harm in getting motivated or inspired by someone’s successes, but trying to outdo them is. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses, what interests you, set your goals, and enjoy the journey that is unique to you.
Life is unpredictable, and we don’t know what is planned for us for tomorrow. Just like eating bad food can prove to be poison for your tummy, an unhealthy lifestyle and behavior can surely take a toll on your life. Remember one thing: if you decide, then nothing is impossible. You are the designer of your own life. Be a better creation of yours and choose to live joyfully.
Understand continuously; it is your choice, your decision. All your unremitting choices, every minute put together, decide your life. If you don’t decide, and if you allow incidents to decide your life, you go into a crippling mindset. Only when you decide to live your life without any outside events, situations, or decisions being forced on you do you actually decide to be alive.