The Power of Choice

I am standing in the kitchen, hungry, trying to decide what to eat for lunch.  I have cooked every night this week, and the fridge holds an abundance of choices:  green curry vegetables and purple sticky rice; chili-infused soba noodles with broccoli, red bell peppers, sweet green onions and sesame seeds (from The Vegan Table); quinoa burgers stuffed with grated sweet potatoes and spinach and roasted red pepper sauce (Thanks, Michelle!  They were delish!).  There’s smokey tempeh salad, creamy artichoke spread, sprouted sunflower seed pate.  What to eat?  How to choose?

Greens.  That’s my first thought.  I love the bright color of stir-fried kale or southern greens with chopped garlic, and I love the feel of tender baby spinach leaves on my tongue, right before I chew.  Whatever I choose, it’s definitely going to be served over a pile of lovely greens.  And tea.  It’s damp and cold out, and a steaming mug of tea will warm me all the way through.  And maybe something sweet.  Yesterday I made a couple of batches of my Five Star Bars.  I gave one batch, the apple pie ones, to my friend Billy.  I have left a batch of peanut butter cup ones, thick and chocolatey, the salty ground peanuts chunky enough to still have some crunch.

I choose a salad, topped with one of the quinoa burgers.  I add a handful of fat, juicy blackberries, some sliced red bell pepper, a little leftover grated raw sweet potato and a handful of raw pecans.  I quickly whisk together a spoonful of sesame tahini, the juice of a lemon, and a bit of water to pour on top for a dressing.  I make my tea and sit down to a perfect lunch for today, savoring each bite, tasting the crisp, complex flavors.  My dessert is over the top—rich with the chocolate, sweet with dates, satisfyingly chewy.

I realize how fortunate I am to have this power of choice.  The thing is, we all have it.  It can be hard to recognize or acknowledge, but we all have this power.

The power of choice transcends my lunch—we have this power to choose in every aspect of our lives.  We can sit or we can walk.  We can fall and stay on the ground, or we can brush ourselves off and get right back up.  We can react and be angry when we encounter something or someone we don’t like or agree with, or we can relate and respond kindly in the same situation.  We can make compassionate choices by what we choose to eat, by how we treat each other and every living creature.  We can choose to be satisfied with who we are, how we are, and where we are, or we can choose to grow toward who we want to be, how we want to be, and where we want to be.

I can’t imagine being perfect.  I don’t want to be perfect.  I just want to do my best, be my best, try my hardest.  I know there are days when I make choices that could be better, but I refuse to let one poor choice cast a dark shadow over the rest of my day.  Each time I open my refrigerator, I have the opportunity to make a choice.  Each time a lift a fork, I am making a choice.  Each time I tie my running shoes, I am making a choice.  Each time I make dinner for my husband and daughter, or for my parents or guests.  At the market.  On the highway.  With my friends.  At a party.  Each moment.

It is impossible to cover each moment, but quite possible to be aware of each moment.  And to choose.

Fitness Rule #19:  Recognize your power to choose, and take responsibility for those choices.

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4 Comments on “The Power of Choice”

  1. Katie Carr Says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes I just look at the big picture (losing weight, running again) and don’t look at each little decision I make that will help me get there.

  2. Krissie Says:

    Oh to only be in your kitchen…for leftovers even! Yum! My mouth was watering and I wish we all had such delicious choices.

    I shared your blog on my fb page because this is an excellent reminder that we all should be aware that we are making constant choices that affect us and others, good or bad. It seems so many walk the earth thinking they have no choice, or don’t realize the impact of their choices ~ Including me sometimes. ~Denial can be a wonderful thing at the moment, but the end results aren’t good.

    Thanks for this great read and the inspiration and the reminders!

    Love ya!

    • Krissie, your comment touches my heart. You are such a positive, warm, wonderful woman. I love your enthusiasm, your open mind, your honest care and concern for all the creatures of this world.

      You are welcome in my kitchen any time! I will always share with you.

      I am honored and happy that you find my message worthy of sharing with your friends. Thank you for reading.

      Love you back!

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