The Trade-offs We Make : Deciding Life’s Choices
To get something you may have to give up something else
It’s been a couple of years now, but we still miss them, the long walks they insisted on taking, their wet noses, even their bad breath..
The good thing is that the land where we live at Manzanita Village, where we had dogs since we first came, is now filled with all kinds of wildlife.
Bobcats drink at our pond, packs of coyotes race around the houses at night, sounding like hooligans, wild turkeys and deer have taken up residence.
And with predators no longer troubled by our dogs, the ground-squirrel and rodent populations are leveling off.
The point is this ..
A trade-off needs to be made, you have to give up something in order to have something else.
It may be a relief or it may be a sacrifice, but in order to live by the ideals and successes you aspire to,
you have to make a trade-off and give up something.
Now, we love dogs, and we’ll probably have dogs again. And .. things will change again.
We’ll have to give up the bobcats, the deer at the pond, and the rabbits and the ground-nesting birds.
The choice is ours. The choice is always ours. For every change you make, something you may not have expected will also change, and with the trade-off’s we make, you might have to give up something you didn’t expect to.
Think for a moment about what could be yours if you only traded-off some of the things that were preventing you from changing:
- self-limiting beliefs
- assumptions and attitudes
- friendships that hold you hostage
- what else .. ?
More to come
Ronald L. Riedell
April 3, 2013 @ 12:13 pm
Thank you; I am convinced that choice is all I have in the eternal here and now, the here and now I call time. I can only be in the present moment.
My senses experience only that moment I am in with a limited capacity and fill up quickly.
The challenge is in making those moments as stimulating as I can. I have found that clutter and confusion along with too many choices make me loose the moment and drive me into a state of illusion.
” To get something you may have to give up something else”.
I can only eat one apple at a time, if I want an orange I must put the apple down. The trouble with me is although the orange looks good, I like apples so much I am afraid it will go bad or someone else will take it while I am eating the orange.
Fear of loss and poverty keep me from change. The void of choice and the unknown result of my choice is a large and unpredictable place once there, what I get my not be what I expected.
When the student is ready the master will come. Moving towards something I desire is for me poverty, the desire for something I don’t have is my definition of poverty, being satisfied with what I have is wealth.
I started with a dipper when it got soiled my mother changed it. She taught me to use the toilet not for me but so she wouldn’t have to change my dipper. Today I learn something to replace what I know but I am still not sure who benefits from it or whither I really need to know.
April 3, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
Thanks for your thoughts Ronald .. I like this, even though I am quoting myself, “If you do not have a destination, a goal, then how can you ever arrive there? At the same time, if you have a goal, but are fixated on arriving there, without really knowing where you are right now, you cannot fully know the steps you must take. To pursue your dreams and goals, AND to live fully in the present, THAT is key.” Caitriona Reed