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  • View author's info Author posted on Jul 09, 2005 13:22


    The Life We Choose
    By Peter McWilliams

    Here's the premise: We are all, right now, living the life we choose.

    This choice, of course, is not a single, monumental choice. No one decides, for example, "I'm going to move to L.A., and in five years I will be a waiter in a so-so restaurant, planning to get my 8-by-10's done real soon so that I can find an agent and become a star," or "I'm going to marry a dreadful person and we'll live together in a loveless marriage, staying together only for the kids, who I don't much like, either."

    No. The choices I'm talking about here are made daily, hourly, moment-by-moment.

    Do we try something new, or stick to the tried-and-true? Do we take a risk, or eat what's already on our dish? Do we ponder a thrilling adventure, or contemplate what's on TV? Do we walk over and meet that interesting stranger, or do we play it safe? Do we indulge our heart, or cater to our fear?

    The bottom-line question: Do we pursue what we want, or do we do what's comfortable?

    For the most part, most people most often choose comfort - the familiar, the time-honored, the well-worn but well-known. After a lifetime of choosing between comfort and risk, we are left with the life we currently have.

    And it was all of our own choosing.


    About the Author:
    Peter McWilliams has been writing about his passions since 1967. He is the author of several best sellers including Do It! Let's Get Off Our Buts. Peter can be reached at
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  • View author's info posted on Jul 11, 2005 08:56


    Hey now that's a profound statement and it's so true that I have no comeback. Who ever said that men were the smarter of the two species?
  • View author's info posted on Jul 11, 2005 08:32


    I am also a writer* Poetry and published online*
    We make choices or at least I do in whats best for what concerns me and others*

    Points of Interest

    That night
    I whispered all my secrets

    Before when I slept
    with you
    I lied

    Every one lies

    Charlotte Thompson*


    Parts of choices* its my write

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  • View author's info posted on Jul 10, 2005 19:08


    The choices and decisions we made in the past determined who we are today.
    The choices and decisions we make today, determine who we will be tomorrow.
  • View author's info posted on Jul 10, 2005 14:13


    Good thoughts..Now the big question who actually practices what they preach?

    Do we always say what we mean and mean what we say? I try but I'm not always successful..
  • View author's info posted on Jul 10, 2005 10:43


    And.........since we are still alive... we can move on... we can make changes... we can learn from the psst... and we dont have to settle....
    and yes ,, we should be willing to take risks!

    Just my thoughts!
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