What are your choices?
We had a lively discussion today about choices. Cowboy Fan threw in some Zen philosophy stating: what happens in our lives is the result of the choices we’ve made.
“What about that guy who was minding his own business, walking down the sidewalk and a car jumped the curb and ran over him?” I asked.
“It was his choice to walk down that particular road at that specific moment,” Cowboy Fan replied.
Well now, I’ve been mystified by this before. When I read about someone falling asleep, running off the road and hitting someone, I often wonder how different things would have been if either one of them had started their journey a few minutes sooner or later? Would they have missed each other? Would something else have happened?
Last week I mentioned weighing choices by how important they were to our obituaries. Yet, I’d agree with Roxie, that often the most insignificant choices—giving someone a ride, giving the guy who fills gas tanks a piece of candy, writing a note of encouragement—are the choices which lay foundations of hope for others.
So this week, I’ll experiment. You can join me if you want. Each day this week, I’ll make a choice for a random act of kindness. At the end of the day, I’ll tell you what I did. We’ll see if what happens in my life is the result of the choice. Will the ripples affect anyone else?
Please join me if you’d like, I’d really enjoy hearing what choices of kindness you’ve made this week.