It’s a simple matter of choice. We make choices/decisions all the time, even when we don’t think we are. Take breathing, for example. You inhale, you exhale. That is an unconscious decision you are making. What about eating, or drinking, or fasting, or binging? They are all decisions. So it goes a surety that every decision you make is the correct one. The brain can never be wrong. Its function is to make decisions to keep us in survival mode.
Regardless of which way you choose, you will be correct. That is if you think you can or cannot. You’re right either way. Only you can possess the right attitude to accomplish or fail at your endeavor. Only you can decide if you have the stones to hang in there when the world is crashing around you. Take our current global medical and economic situation. You can choose to get all revved up and click into panic mode, or you can decide to allow things to unfold calmly.
The “fight or flight” reaction is another of those unconscious decisions, but a decision it is. Will this help me or hurt me? That is the process our brains go through every waking minute. When we are asleep, our subconscious mind goes to work, sorting all of the information we’ve gathered and discarded what is useless, and sorts and organizes what is useful. And, our attitudes influence those sub-conscious decisions at all times
As we enter the age of reason, which is somewhere in the age range of 5-7, our brains are developed to the point that we know the difference between right and wrong. Some people earlier, some later, but the range is as stated. Do you remember as a very young child whether you should pick up that piece of candy on the ground and put it in your mouth? You were making an unconscious decision that was too immature to allow you to consider whether it was useful or useless, good or bad, right or wrong.
Then we get through puberty where our brains are working just as hard as our hormones, completely whacked by distractions of every ilk. Boys have a more difficult time than do girls at this age for some reason, mainly because we’re built to hunt and gather. That means, they’re transfixed on whatever is out there to acquire, especially those of the opposite sex. Right and wrong frequently go out the window. It’s human nature. Boys also mature much slower than do females. Some never do mature, but that’s a subject for another time. Let’s assume we’re adults (I hope so) and we know the difference between right and wrong, we have our hormones in check, and we are living a life of quality, righteousness, and faith. What we consider to be our abilities and capabilities always bring about decisions.
There is a lot to consider during this time of upheaval and uncertainty. What I do know is this too shall pass. It always does. We managed to handle two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and still processing the Gulf Wars. Undoubtedly, we can handle this.
Remember, life is based on the choices you make. Choices from years past might be affecting you now, or choices you make now might affect you a decade or more from today. You control your mind and your emotions. Stay calm, fix your gaze at the good things around you, and ride out this storm. Know that you can succeed in these dark times. Or, if you think you can’t, either way, you’ll be correct.
May the Universe (whatever you call God) protect you and your loved ones, provide security and surety, and dedicate yourself to helping others through this difficult time.
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