DO MY DAILY CHOICES MEAN ANYTHING?

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Often we say to ourselves

Do I have a choice in the matter?

In any case, my tiny bit doesn’t even matter.

Both, the question and the assertion are farthest from the truth.

Our scriptures tell us that inside of us lies resplendent, the great Omnipotence. A power in the ‘image and likeness’ of that infinity which creates and sustains all there is and isn’t.

This phrase implies that we have, deep down in our core, the same nature of pure love as the creator. We also possess the ability to create as the infinite does.

If I were to be a bit mindful, I would notice that on many occasions in a day I am confronted with choices. Howsoever trivial may it appear, somewhere each choice affects me and humanity, a great deal.

My friend calls me and invites me for a boys’ party where booze and else would wait for me. I have a choice to go or to spend time at the gym or even to be with my wife.

Each choice will alter the course of my life and of those connected to me.

Albert Speer, one of Hitler’s ministers ensured that the country produced enough armaments for war.

In his biography he writes that one day a colleague told him of the horrors at Auschwitz. Speer did not pay heed and continued to ensure that the war machine went on. It was a choice. He could have chosen to go away, to oppose Hitler which he did much later. He writes that choosing to pay no heed to his friend sort of made him feel responsible for the horrors in concentration camps. He may not have had the ability to stop these tortures, but he had a choice not to be a party to them.

The scriptures tell us that our attitudes, our beliefs and desires collectively influence the way our individual and collective lives meander. A single person may appear to be insignificant, yet as the source of a spiritual thought he has tremendous power.

Even if we did not influence the course of things in people’s lives, we still have the choice of empathy if things aren’tgood for others.

In the crossroads, life presents us with choices every day. There is no place on the sidewalk for us, no space to be onlookers. In one of greatest historical battles of Mahabharat in India Lord Krishna makes it clear. You have to take one path to tread on. Many times in a day.

The great General Bhishma chooses to keep quiet when the Princess Draupadi is disrobed in the court. His choice of unrighteousness ultimately leads to the great war.

Every little choice we make during the day influences our own future and that of others connected to us.

What shall our daily choices be?

Righteousness or anything else.

Every little step alters the way the ship of our destiny traverses.

26 thoughts on “DO MY DAILY CHOICES MEAN ANYTHING?

  1. Integrity is everything. If having a drink brings you joy and you come home and share that joy with your wife, then is that drink a poor choice? Of course staying home with your wife, with love in your heart and not resentment at missing your friends, then that, too, is integrity.

    I wonder about the Hitler thing often as I remember that lifetime of mine…another one of torture and death. I think about the Germans and the choice they were faced with as I’m sure many wanted to say NO, yet the choice was death, perhaps their family losing the breadwinner or being killed themselves by the person saying NO, or…… taking orders. I’m not defending what Hitler and his armies did but rather pointing out the choices all the men faced. Terrence Malick directed and wrote a beautiful movie “A Hidden Life” about making those choices.

    Today, while walking out of a group of shops, the two women in front of me just let the door close on me. It startled me and led me to a choice point. I chose to stand there and keep the door open for two different groups walking in after I had walked out.

    I love this article. Each moment is a choice and we’ll perhaps never know how that choice affects others….but it does, and it affects us as we choose integrity and Oneness.

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    • I agree totally with you Katelon. The example of the person who goes to a bar and not home with his wife only illustrates how our future is altered by us at every step. It’s not about a right or a wrong, but about the fact that every choice steers us in a different direction.
      About integrity, I agree totally.
      Years ago my wife chose children over her career. She went through a very tough time, but persisted with what she felt took precedence. That enabled our children to be brought up up with lots of love and made them secure.
      I can’t say what the future will be, but I agree with you that the choice of righteousness at the moment is what matters.
      I thank you so much for adding the extra perspective of Nazis. It is very important.

      Thank you so much.

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  2. This is such true and important information. I feel this very thing is playing out in front of us on a daily basis ( as it always does if we pay attention). I wish these lessons around interconnectedness would be taught the moment we are born to this world. Thank you Parneet, for another truthful post that resonates deeply. πŸ’—

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  3. Wars have left their mark on Germany, but especially the 30 Years War, which began in 1618. After that, one war event followed the next. It ended with the 2nd World War with about 80 million dead.

    Not all were for Hitler, but who was against it and confessed this officially, was imprisoned.
    Albert Speer was not only an architect. He was instrumental for architecture in National Socialism.
    As armaments minister, he was jointly responsible for the employment of seven million forced laborers, including some 450,000 concentration camp prisoners, and exerted influence on the operation and expansion of concentration camps. He served his full 20-year sentence. Speer is generally found untrustworthy as a contemporary witness. His writings written during his imprisonment are heavily embellished and contain justification of his worldview.

    At all times, wars have taken place around the world. Hunger and misery led to it, but also power obsession of a large guidance elite. A free decision did not exist there. Forcedly the men had to take part. Millions of people lost their lives. Thereby energies became free, which were used again in the universe.

    I doubt that there is basically the free decision of every human being. In a small everyday area, perhaps. On the whole, I believe in a higher guidance. Our destiny is largely predetermined. One can make independent decisions and deviate, but one is always brought back to the predetermined path.

    That is why I see some things in advance. They come as they have to come.

    Thank you for your interesting contribution. Best regards, Gisela

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    • And thank you for your very important insights. I do appreciate and respect your contributions always. They make the discussion fruitful and enhance knowledge.
      When I wrote about choice, I did understand that many times your choices are not left to you.
      I know of a great Sikh who was imprisoned by the Japanese during the second world war in Malaysia. He was a communications engineer and was forced to repair and run their instruments. He couldn’t do anything about tortures. However, on occasions he would hide salt in his pockets and allow prisoners to lick them, because Japs deliberately did not allow any salt even in food.
      This little choice saved many lives.
      I also read how many German officers helped, even in their little measures, the prisoners at Auschwitz etc.
      Their minuscule work touched many lives.
      Once again I do thank you for your writing always.

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  4. This is such an important reminder. Our choices do matter. They can be the beginning of a change or continuing and worsening an already difficult situation. We may not be able to change the world. But our choices can change something in our own little world which then affects the world of someone else. If we all try to make choices for the benefit of everyone, choices that come from a place of love (even when they are connected to painful decisions), we can change the world in a very short time.

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    • Yes Erika, I have witnessed the last part. Very few people can bring about very meaningful changes. Some choices are self transcending as you have rightly said. They create a better place.
      Thank you so very much for enriching every conversation and every post.
      From my heart. Gratitude πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ»

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  5. Parneet, thanks for this reminder about the consequences, as well as the power, of our choices, however trivial they may seem to us at the time. I believe that our greatest mistake as individuals is in thinking that our choices/actions do not matter in the greater scheme of things. Such a mistaken belief renders us powerless, not only in our individual lives but also in bringing about the essential and urgent changes we need to ensure a habitable planet for future generations.

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  6. Gisela makes an important point. To say we have individual choices, implies there is a separate individual. To say we have no choice and it is all pre-determined, is to release ourself of all responsibility.
    A fine line, one I dare not touch! haha!

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