Options

Life is about options and what we do with them. Like the saying goes (and a t-shirt I once saw said) “So many choices, so little time.”

Sadly, when the options we choose do not pan out the way we envisioned it, we have a tendency to push blame on others or on some other factor.

God Bless Jack LaLanne, may he rest in peace.

Jack famously said: “Everything you do in life, I don’t care, good or bad – don’t blame God, don’t blame the devil, don’t blame me, blame you. You control everything! The thoughts you think, the words you utter, the foods you eat, the exercise you do. Everything is controlled by you.”

We may argue that this is a simplistic point of view. After all, aren’t there really some things and events beyond our control? Mother Nature’s irascibility is a great example. Her unpredictability is most evident when the weather makes us enjoy life one moment and the next it comes raining (or snowing) down on our parade.

What Jack meant to say, as I see it, is how we make the best of what we have so that we can overcome the odds and Mother’s unpredictability.

I believe he also meant for us to look at our options (some of which we are not aware of), analyze them for what they can do for or to us, and then choose VERY carefully.

I believe he also meant to prepare as best we can for those unpredictable events – the unknown and unknowable.

There are many lessons learned before us. It seems frustrating that we just can’t seem to put them all into utility all of the time.

Most sadly, we also choose to sometimes ignore our humanity and put our interests before what we know is the right option.

This recently became self evident in Egypt. After 30 some odd years of ignoring the humans near him, a dictator with almost absolute power saw the power of those humans absolutely exercising their options.

Thank goodness, that option has taken somewhat of a peaceful course for what seems like a better future for our neighbors there. Let us wait and see what they do with the rest of their options.

But, let us get back to the main point.

You have options. You CAN choose. Analyze those options carefully. I recommend you make the most of what you are quite capable of doing. Humans are – no surprises here, as the Egyptians have shown – quite capable of astounding feats.

I see this all the time as a Trainer when I present options to those I am training. I inform a person that he/she is quite capable of lifting a weight, doing a pull-up, performing a handstand, or eating nutritiously. They give me an incredulous look and start to doubt themselves.

On top of that, I also present them the option of being a better person in their personal or professional life. I inform them that the gym or box is not an end in itself and that its purpose is to make us a more useful human in the community of humans.

Yes, you do have options but you must choose wisely and then take full responsibility for your choices.

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