the privilege of choice.
March 16, 2008
The ability to choose is not a right, it is a privilege we are given by life, until we either give up that privilege, or life takes it away from us.
I have written on a similar theme before, in my post rocks, but I feel the message deserves further consideration, based on recent events in my life. If it sounds repetitive, I don’t care. I want to scream it from the tallest mountain, at the top of my lungs.
I have two personal experiences to share today.
My neighbour committed suicide two days ago. She was 18 years old, and had just broken up with her boyfriend. I wish that she had chosen to speak with someone, to ask for help. So much potential that the world will never see. She is no longer free to choose what she wants to do with her life.
I also learned today that my cousin has cancer throughout her body. She did everything right, worked hard throughout her life, saved her money, and retired four years ago, no doubt expecting to be able to enjoy her life for many years to come. She has undergone treatment, but it has not worked, and she has been given only a short time to live.
Many people are not so lucky to be given the privilege of choice. War, disease, hunger take them early.
Perhaps you are in a bad place, emotionally or otherwise. You could just give up, and that would be a tragedy.
Or you could ask for help. From anyone. No matter how low you think you are, there is someone who has been lower, and has clawed back up from the darkness.
I have been there. Many of us have, perhaps even you. But there is healing.
My wife and I held our prematurely born daughter in our arms for an hour before she passed away, back in 2001. Her twin brother survived, and is alive and well – a miracle. We also survived, and have had three more children since then – triplets.
There is so much more to the story, and I will tell it in time.
If you are still alive, if you can still put one foot in front of the other, you are better off than many. The sun will come up tomorrow.
Perhaps you don’t like your job, you would rather be doing something else. You could just read these words, and go back to complaining.
Or you could decide, right now, to change. Do it, for you might not get another chance. Life might take the privilege away. Someday, it will.
It is never too late, until the end. And we know not when that comes.
Freedom of choice is a privilege. Be thankful that you have it. Do not give it up. If you remember two things in life, remember this:
1. Exercise your freedom to choose your course in life, your actions and words. And if you fall, get back up again. Someone will help you.
2. Make your choices as early as possible – now! – and adjust your course as necessary. It is never too late to change. You may not get a second chance.
Today I chose to take a walk with my children, in the sunshine. If it were my last day on earth, I’d have done the same thing.
To be continued…