The power to choose

I’m in the middle of reading Greg McKeown’s New York Times bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. For anyone looking to get rid of the noise in their life, prioritize, and pursue their goals with laser-like focus, this is a foundational book. It’s full of pearls.

Here’s one I felt worth sharing. For anyone who appreciates Stoic philosophy, this will sound quite similar to many of the principles described by Viktor Frankl’s iconic book Man’s Search for Meaning or the more contemporary work by Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way (I highly recommend both books). Both emphasize the power we all have to choose. We can’t always control the things that happen to us or the situations we find ourselves in. But, we always, always, control how we react to those situations.

“We often think of choice as a thing. But a choice is not a thing. Our options may be things, but a choice – a choice is an action. It is not just something we have but something we do. This experience brought me to the liberating realization that while we may not always have control over our options, we always have control over how we choose among them.”

Choice is a powerful thing. Remember you have it. If not, someone else will take it from you.


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