“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments – there are consequences”. Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899)
For everything we do in life, there are consequences – not punishments, not rewards, but plain and simple….consequences.
These results may not be what we expect. How often have you heard these words…or possibly spoken them yourself? ……”I didn’t mean for it to turn out like this”, “It wasn’t my fault”, “I wanted so much more for my life” Our life’s outcomes are the consequences of the decisions made on a daily basis.
If we eat unhealthy foods on a regular basis, chances are that as we progress in life, we will have significant health issues. Type 2 diabetes is on the increase around the world and is the consequence of unhealthy choices in the food we eat.
You see a brand new outfit in the shop window, and just have to have it, even though you have bills to pay and you are already a bit short with this months budget. Never mind your inner voice may say….I can cut back on other expenses and everything will be fine. But what happens when you have an unexpected medical bill to pay or you have car problems that just have to be fixed….you have just added another few dollars to an already overused credit card. The consequences………your cards are maxed out, you are paying more interest than you can afford, and the vicious cycle of debt, loan repayments and debt collectors commence.
This is not a post about making bad choices,and berating you for doing so……we have all made choices that in hindsight wish we hadn’t made. No, it is a wake up call that in all we do, in all we say, in all we feel…there are consequences.
These consequences can also be extremely positive.
By prioritizing and choosing to spend time with your loved ones building a loving, positive relationship at the expense of doing other things can build a platform of mutual trust and admiration. A pretty good consequence I believe! By choosing to eat healthy “real” foods rather than over-processed packaged empty calories, we increase the chances of living a relatively healthy lifestyle.
Which brings me to the most important part of this post, Whatever choices we make and whatever we do, know that there are consequences and own your choice. Take full responsibility for those consequences of that choice. If you choose to work towards a desired outcome rather than spend your time on other pursuits, own that too – don’t kick yourself, or let others kick you, for your commitment.
Our lives do not come with an Instruction Manual – this is something which we need to write ourselves – our own choices, our own decisions and ultimately our own consequences!
I find this extremely liberating – knowing that my choices will bring about my consequences – even when I have made choices that, in hindsight, were not my best. We cannot continue to keep behaving and acting in the same way, and expect different consequences!
Choose your behavior and choose your outcome! Understanding that you can make new choices, and new actions which will bring about new consequences……very empowering. No matter what you do, remember: the choice is yours to make.
Enjoy your consequences!