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My Canadian Oxford Dictionary provides many nuances for the word choice, including by choice (because you have chosen: I am here by choice), of choice (preferred: our method of choice), and of one’s choice (that one has chosen: dine at the restaurant of your choice).

Let’s take a look at the root of these and the first definition listed: an act or instance of choosing between alternatives. Now take a moment to think about this — when you have to make a choice, how do you determine which alternative to take?

Is it the one that feels most gratifying in the short term? In the long term? Is it the one that will offend your partner/parent/child/teacher {fill in your own person} the least? Is it the one that is easy because of an existing habit or pattern in your life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, how does your choice make you feel? If the feeling is negative (or a low vibration), then would choosing the alternative have made you feel positive (a high vibration)? Perhaps you’re faced with a dilemma in which a choice has to be made between two equally undesirable alternatives. But even with a dilemma, does each alternative result in feelings that are equal?

As you can see with all these questions, the discussion about which is the “right” choice can go round and round until our heads hurt…and we’re no further along picking the best alternative.

So imagine a difficult situation you have experienced. How did you make the choice to move in some direction from that situation? I’m not asking what was the choice, but how did you make the decision.

I’d love it if you would share a thought or two about this in the comments so that we can learn from each other. I know I might be asking a lot, but I invite you to be brave and CHOOSE to participate if you feel it in your heart to do so. Next week, I’ll post Part 2 and offer some tidbits about how making choices can be simple. Really!

Until next week, have a great long weekend.