I don’t smoke, because I choose not to: Teaser
Let me start by stating that I’ve nothing against anyone who smokes and I am not in favor of judging anyone for the same. And before you react, let me shamelessly announce that it’s my birthday today, have mercy!
You may ignore this
“If I choose not to choose something I should have chosen and the choice I made in the end was not good enough versus what I had chosen otherwise, I would not love the choice I made!” Actually, you had the choice of going ahead without adding this strange statement but you chose not to. And I had the choice of not adding it but I chose to!
Choice vs. Decision
By the way, when you went ahead and took the very first drag (smoke) of your life, if you already have, did you choose or decide, to do that? Of course, they are synonyms. But there has to be something that differentiates them, correct? Decide has a Latin suffix ‘cide’, which means to kill or cut. This is because we must kill or cut all given options but one to decide upon it. Whereas choice is based on free will, not on reasons. One of the recent posts I read about decisions is written by Abhijeet Makhijani: We live the decisions we make.
What is a good choice?
Research shows that our ability to make the right choice is directly proportional to success. Of course not, I am kidding! Don’t tell me you took that seriously, did you? Success can never be directly proportional to the right choices we make. That is because, I believe, there is nothing like a right or wrong choice. As mentioned before, choices are based on free will. A choice is good or bad, based on how we take it forward and what we make out of it.
Can you name two of your good and close friends? For the sake of keeping it fair, make sure that they both are equally close to you. If tomorrow, for any given reason, either of these, asks you to choose one of them, to be friends with, who would you choose? In most situations, it cannot be a decision. It has to be a choice! And more often than not, life asks us to make strange and random choices.
I have often wondered, for every set of choices we got and finally chose one, what would happen if we had chosen the other one? Will our life be similar to what it is? Will we be richer, happier, more content, perhaps?
Given the fact that this one calls itself a teaser, I will drop it here. By the way, please choose in favour of commenting and please share your part. It shall help me with the next one in the series. Happy ‘making choices’ to you!
P.S. Smoking is not good for your health and your near ones, who invariably become passive smokers. Though it’s a matter of choice, it is our duty to take care of them and ours, as well. Hence I urge you to choose wisely. Cheers!