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Good And Bad Choices?

Good And Bad Choices?

Sit down for a few minutes and reassess some of the important choices you’ve made over the years.

Take a piece of paper and make two columns labeled “Good Choice” and “Bad Choice.” Under each column, list at least five choices relating to those moments you consider the most memorable and decisive in your life so far–but be sure to include private choices that no one knows about except you.

Think of at least one good thing that came out of the bad choices and one bad thing that came out of the good choices.

This is an exercise in breaking down the labels, getting more in touch with how flexible reality really is. If you pay attention, you may be able to see that not one but many good things came from your bad decisions while many bad ones are tangled up in your good decisions.

No single decision you ever made has led in a straight line to where you find yourself now. You peeked down some roads and took a few steps before turning back. You followed some roads that came to a dead end and others that got lost at too many intersections.

Ultimately, all roads are connected to all other roads. So break out of the mindset that your life consists of good and bad choices that set your destiny on an unswerving course. Your life is the product of your awareness. Every choice follows from that, and so does every step of growth.

 

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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6:26PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

:)

3:53PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

noted

2:18PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

thanks

10:57AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thank you. I don't regret any of the decisions I have made though some certainly cause me a lot of suffering.

2:48AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

thanks for the interesting post

8:26PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thanks Deepak

4:00PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

thanks

4:57AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Good thought for the day! Thanks!

9:36PM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

This is a great exercise. Thanks for posting it.

5:47AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

thanks Deepak

from Yogananda on keeping on going:

"No matter what your trials have been, or how discouraged you are, if you will make a continued effort to be better, you will find that, being made in the image of God, you are endowed with an unlimited power that is much stronger than your worst trials. Make up your mind that you will win, focusing all your concentration on ceaseless efforts to succeed, and you will surely be victorious."
for context of quote, from:
http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2010/03/yogananda-meditation-yoga-god/

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