Joseph Ratliff Writer, Researcher, Thinker

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You ALWAYS Have A Choice…

It almost never fails…every night on the news, there’s at least one person blaming “life” or a set of circumstances, or even another person…for their failure.

We always have a choice…

…even when things happen to us (i.e. life circumstances), we have a choice as to how we react (thought I would get that one out of the way)…

…when the phone rings, believe it or not we have a choice as to whether we answer it or not…

…we can choose to take action and make our lives better, or simply “ride the government gravy train” as far as it won’t take you (think about that for a second)…

…you can choose to be more, do more, and add value to people’s lives, or choose to be one of the people who “needs help all the time”…

…you can choose to set the rules for yourself, or let others set the rules for you to play by…

Bottom line, there’s always a choice.

Yes, it might seem harder to choose a “different” path at first, because you’ve never traveled that path before (most don’t ever travel it)…but as you travel down the path to a better life, you’ll find that you don’t want to trade it for anything else.  Period.

So what are you going to choose to do differently right now?

Stuff And Clutter

A lot of people fall victim to “stuff and clutter”.

What do I mean?

Many people live empty, meaningless lives…which have to be filled with “stuff”.  The more “stuff” they have to show off, the merrier.

“Hey, look at what I just bought…”

“Doesn’t this thing I just put up in my house look cool?”

“I need more _______ , that’ll do the trick.”

“I’ve got so many projects going on right now, I can’t do _______.”

Stuff and clutter, stuff and clutter, stuff…and clutter.

It’s sad actually, that most people place more value on their “stuff”, than on their daily interactions with other people (i.e. they have to “text them really quick” because they are so busy).  They place more value on their past memories, than on going out and creating new memories.

More projects to do, more rooms in a house that seem like a nuclear bomb went off, all because they have to feel “busy” doing “stuff”…creating “clutter”.

It’s sad…really sad.

And before you think this doesn’t apply to you, think really hard first.  At one point or another, this applies to almost everyone.  What you do about it as a person to change the situation is what really matters.

Can you reach down deep and make the real changes necessary to be able to “stop and smell the roses” as Grandma used to say?  Can you?

For most people, the answer ends up being a resounding no. They end up being content with their meaningless lives full of stuff, and sans the personal interaction.

Are you most people?