derek bobo: all about choices

Growing up I was always told that life was all about the choices you make. I remember hearing that a lot over the years. As I get older the meaning of that becomes more clear to me.

I think approaching life this way is empowering. I'd much rather go through life with the idea that I can change my circumstances, for the better, by making good choices. That's far more uplifting than thinking I'm helpless. Sadly that seems to be the direction our society is headed. More and more people have an attitude that the world owes them something. There is a growing population that has been lead to believe it's okay to repeatedly make poor decisions and that someone else is going to bail you out. Apparently they're right because it keeps happening, but it's not a sustainable pattern. Moreover it's a pretty sad existence.

Now don't get me wrong there are some people that legitimately have been dealt a poor hand. I'm talking about those with disabilities that occurred as no fault of their own. It's sad and I think people should help these individuals if they have the means. However, I don't believe for a second that these individuals are the majority.

When I look at people who have made good decisions in their lives they generally have pretty good outcomes. That's not to say they always achieve everything they set out to, but by in large they have good lives. Likewise, when I look at the people who are in tough situations it's almost always a result of poor decisions they've made. There of course will be exceptions to this, but if you're looking at the collective body of good decision makers versus bad; I think you'll see an obvious difference in quality of life and standard of living.

I've tried not to wade into political waters with this post. Feel free to take it there if you must, but you're missing out if that's what you choose. At the end of the day it's about taking responsibility for yourself. If you don't like how things are going... do something about it. Try making better choices. You just might be surprised how it turns out.

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February
04 One Foot in Front of the Other
January
21 The Zen Master
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December
19 You're Probably a Prepper
12 Anger Management
04 All About Choices
02 What I Know About Being a Dad (so far)
01 The Dalia Lama on Humanity
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28 The Leeches Must Go
26 Take a Moment to Appreciate
26 A Matter of Perspective
19 The New Rich
17 The Story of the Mexican Fisherman
15 What's on your List
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13 Three Things to be Happy
11 The Joneses
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