The road we wish we’d taken

Ahh, Deepak Chopra. Your wisdom continues to inspire me.


Roads

Since we all take
our choices very seriously, adopting this new attitude requires a major
shift. Today, you can begin with a simple exercise. Sit down for a few
minutes and reassess some of the important choices you’ve made over the
years.

Take a piece of paper and make two columns labeled “Good Choice” and
“Bad Choice.” Under each column, list at least five choices relating to
those moments you consider the most memorable and decisive in your life
so far – you’ll probably start with turning points shared by most
people, but be sure to include private choices that no one knows about
except you.

Once you have your list, think of at least one good thing that came
out of the bad choices and one bad thing that came out of the good
choices. This is an exercise in breaking down labels, getting more in
touch with how flexible reality really is.

If you pay attention, you may be able to see that not one but many
good things came from your bad decisions while many bad ones are
tangled up in your good decisions.

No single decision you ever made has led in a straight line to where
you find yourself now. You peeked down some roads and took a few steps
before turning back. You followed some roads that came to a dead end
and others that got lost at too many intersections.

Ultimately, all roads are connected to all other roads. So break out
of the mindset that your life consists of good and bad choices that set
your destiny on an unswerving course. Your life is the product of your
awareness. Every choice follows from that, and so does every step of
growth.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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