Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Being Good is Always an Option

My husband, Joe, and I often volunteer with the University of Puerto Rico, especially with the School of Law and with the Commission for Violence Prevention (COPREVI). Today we met with the director of COPREVI, Samuel Figueroa Sifre to develop community-based plans to reduce violence in our town.


Samuel Figueroa Sifre holding a portrait of Gandhi ji by a Puerto Rican artist
As we were discussing strategies and activities that will enhance quality of life and decrease violence at the community level, Samuel raised an insightful question, "Why do people choose to become bad when they have the option of becoming better?" 


What a profound and yet a very simple question! The path of life is full of choices, it depends on us if we choose to turn left, right or go straight. Yes, there are times when we have followed a certain path because of external factors but that is very rare. 


God has given us the freedom to choose even when it comes to believing in Him. Making the right choice is not always possible but we can choose to improve as we move on our paths. 


Decision making process is as important as taking the decision. No matter how small the decision is, it must be taken after thinking it through, weighing all the possible options, outcomes and implications. 


By the way, I am not saying to stop and start thinking every time you are choosing between which shop to buy from or which route to take. It is also not about loosing the fun of living a spontaneous life but it is about being aware of the path and why we are on it.  


Pick the flowers from the bushes that are in your way with care and be aware of the thorns that may encounter during the journey. And in the moments where the thorns prick our lives, take a moment to treat the wound, embrace the healing and keep walking picking up the flowers.


Remember, we all have the option to be better, we just need to be willing to identify and capitalize on it. 

7 comments:

  1. Great Post, life is all about making choices...

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  2. I was a bit startled by the title of the post, but by the end of it, i say, i am in line with your thoughts!
    Well said.

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  3. Ciao Anjana, You and your husband do really an excellent job!

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  4. Nice post. Guiding, inspirational thoughts.

    "Pick the flowers from the bushes that are in your way with care and be aware of the thorns that may encounter during the journey. And in the moments where the thorns prick our lives, take a moment to treat the wound, embrace the healing and keep walking picking up the flowers."

    'Ghalib' had thought it quite a different way:-

    "कांटो की जुबां सूख गयी प्यास से यारब,
    इक 'आबला-ए- पा' रहे पुरखार में आवे."

    -- mansoor ali hashmi
    http://aatm-manthan.com

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  5. Great Post,
    आपको मेरी हार्दिक शुभकामनायें.
    लिकं हैhttp://sarapyar.blogspot.com/
    अगर आपको love everbody का यह प्रयास पसंद आया हो, तो कृपया फॉलोअर बन कर हमारा उत्साह अवश्य बढ़ाएँ।

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