Choices…..

Choices…what a priveleged lot we are…we have choices!  Choices to be , to do, to say, to act…exactly as we want more often than not . We are that set of individuals in most societies who have the option to exercise this choice regularly and unfortunately often, with no thought at all…and that is exactly what we do! We exercise it thoughtlessly…randomly…immorally…unethically…irreverently…irresponsibly…and take great pride in doing so…to top it all, we feel affronted if anyone dare question this privelege .

Like all priveleges , this one too comes with a responsibility! Do we usually accept that ? Very few of us do…in spite of ourselves! But sometimes…when faced with particular situations , when backed against a wall, when put in a spot , when it is a face saver…then our choices and ensuing actions are different to our norm…is that not hypocrisy?

What…me…us…hypocritical? No…it is the other person…whose Choices we are unable to stomach, unable to relate to, unable to even want to understand, unable to rationalise (within the gambit of my choices), unable to tolerate…basically unable to allow others a choice of their own which goes against the choices I make! Yes…we are the ones in this priveleged position…

So we question choices others make…choices of belief, of moral code, of dress, of head gear, of politics, of principles, of behaviour, of travel, of company, of lifestyle,  basically whatever is different from my choice of lifestyle . We forget we have an inherent contract, covenant almost, with this edge…to use it with humility…consideration…tolerance…generosity…to use it to lead by example. A difficult moral choice…one that we need to act upon now…this world with all those who have none of these choices of privelege are looking to us…

A Time for every Purpose.

 A time for every purpose under Heaven! There is much comfort in this adage and much truth. We try really hard to deny this and then… Bam…something happens, which gives us a tiny glimpse of a greater plan and we are often forced to accept this , if not believe, against our will, even if it is only temporarily.

I am often perplexed because believing is almost a dirty word now…it not only saddens me but amuses me too! The benefit of age and hindsight I imagine. It amuses me because it is used loosely for mundane things…exercise, fast food, body piercings, sex, same sex partners, TV shows, clothing, appearance…Saddens me because it is an internal force that tapped into can be  a mainstay of strenght , humility and staying the path…in these often very troubling times we live in. Instead we use it for random and often inconsequential things…things we profess to believe in one day…and forget about the next !

What happened to the other stuff we used to believe in …what happened to it’s purpose? Respect, family, love, consideration, sacrifice, civility…prayer , the Good Lord ? Taking time out for others…helping others…doing for others…when did we turn so selfish? Why must there always be  a quid pro quo ? Why do those who do not expect this , be judged and get relegated to the ranks of…simpletons…losers…a waste of time ?

The Good Lord says there is a Time for every purpose under Heaven…..I do believe He knows …..

Hope

Hope…what exactly do we mean when we say that ?  We use this word randomly daily…without really stopping to think what it means…does it mean we wish for something in the face of odds…against all odds…hope against hope ? Do we mean, we ‘wish’ that what we often know to be difficult…out of reach…irrational…a dream…wishful thinking…a miracle…just…happens? What exactly do we mean when we say we hope. What is it’s lowest common denominator?

I do believe that for many of us it is a different one , since we all march to our own individual drumroll. However, I also believe that when all is said and done , when all is tried and worked for…deep down it is a prayer of trust in a higher power…a prayer of seeing it through…seeing it done…seeing it miraculously happen . For how else do you explain when somethings do happen…against all odds? Almost…miraculously we say, in an incredulous voice…

Yes…that is what hope is for me…this trust in the power above, the power that is , the power to do, that is His alone . Deep down when I..hope and wish…I am actually placing my trust in the power above , to help me achieve whatever it is that I am trying and hoping for…