On the Power to Choose

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One of the fundamental notions of the New Thought movement and positive psychology is the idea that we have the power to choose. And as I’ve written in past posts, the inevitable counterarguments arise: “I didn’t choose to be abused”; “I didn’t choose to lose my job”; “I didn’t choose global warming/war/etc.”

Regardless of whether or not we buy into our participation in creating the circumstances of our lives, there is something to be gained from acting from the place of “I chose this.”

“I chose this” means that we not play the victim. “I chose this” means that we take responsibility for how our lives look. “I chose this” reminds me that I have the capacity to shift things in my life if I don’t like how it looks.

What would it be like if I related to my past with “I chose this”? What would it be like if I looked at what is going on right now in my life and said, “I chose this”? If I did, what is the next choice that I get to make?

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