(Re-)Imagining Choice-Points

Every choice we make, no matter how small, has the potential to change our life in ways unimagined… and a correlation between the choice, and the depth of the impact, is not always evident.

If we thought about this too carefully we could become overwhelmed by the implications.

Choice-pointsIndeed, we can all indulge in a little procrastination from time to time: existing in a form of limbo, and engaging only with future potentials rather than experiencing the lived reality. Because choosing, and all it entails, can seem inherently risky.

‘When you choose, that’s like what?’

Like standing at a crossroads? Like opening or closing a door? Like making a leap, or taking the plunge? In choosing we often speak of thresholds, boundaries, and edges. Each time we choose – or experience a ‘choice-point’ – we are on the verge of something, balanced between two or more possible future worlds. This liminality gives rise to our common metaphorical frameworks.

In choosing we might experience a sense of permanence, resistance, or loss, as we move from known to unknown (or vice versa) in the knowledge that a possible future world will no longer be experienced. Implicitly, by choosing we are leaving something behind which might exist only in the future.

Knowing that choosing underpins our autonomy, but that our resilience fluctuates… how do we consistently embrace our choice-points? Perhaps by understanding choosing as an act of creation – after all, we make a choice. By creating we become ‘unstuck’ and flourish in our freedom. We create with the inevitability that the repercussions are, to some extent, unknowable. And we let go of our attachment to that which could have been, but has never actually existed.

When we choose, we create our future world moment by moment.

When we choose, we are empowered.

When we choose, we trust our intuition and live with congruence and purpose.

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