Think about it for a moment if you will, how many decisions do you make in a single day? How many in a single hour? Do you get up or snooze? (I’m a serial snoozer!) What clothes fit the mood of the day ahead? What to eat, what to drink? Speak or stay quiet? Watch it or don’t, read it or don’t, go out or stay in, believe or disbelieve. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of choices that you, I, we, make each and every day. It could be said that our choices define our very existence on this planet – our very lives.
For any circumstance or event there is always more than one option or perception available, so there is always a choice to be made. In fact I would go further and say with confidence that our perceptions of events not only define our mental but also our physical state. Take those two things away and I can’t think of much that we’re left with; suffice to say our mental and physical states (and the well – being thereof) are quite important to our existence.
You know when you are just thinking about somebody you haven’t seen for a long time and they appear before your very eyes, or they call, text or email you? You may be searching for the answer to a meaningful (or seemingly meaningless question) and as if from now-here the answer comes to you. When this kind of instance occurs how do you perceive it? What if anyone dared to suggest that things happen for a reason and there may be some sort of divine order, would you respond with something like “Oh that was just a coincidence”?
I would also possibly use the word coincidence and yet there are several definitions of the word – put simply we can choose which one we use. Coincidence is often defined as “A chance event”, however it is also “The fact of corresponding in nature or in time of occurrence”. In physics it is “The presence of ionizing particles or other objects in two or more detectors simultaneously, or of two or more signals simultaneously in a circuit”. I believe the second and third definitions relate to what Albert Einstein called ‘Spooky action at a distance’, which says that for every event in the universe there is a corresponding counter event. Now, if someone tells you are wrong to choose the definition or perception you have chosen, that there is a statistical, logical reason for what happened or quite simply YOU ARE WRONG! If they do (and they very well may) then you, and I, and they, most definitely have the choice….we have the freedom to choose, if nowhere else then at least IN OUR OWN MINDS…
Something happened today that inspired me to put fingers to keypad and write.
Not a very long time ago, even to think about going to the business section of a bookshop would have been anathema to me, but I’ve realised if I wish to get educated and empower myself in the area of finance then I have to it, nobody is going to do it for me. So it was, as I waited at Waterloo station for the train I had to catch (had to or chosen to?) I walked into Foyles and directly to business and finance where a book caught my eye. It was a book that I had never seen before by an author I had never heard of but as I was short on time I made a mental note to buy it sometime in the future – and went to catch the train. Oh by the way, during the journey my choice of reading was ‘Street Smarts’ by financial guru Jim Rogers. The book is hard going but I’m sure it did far more for my mental (and therefore physical) well-being than reading London’s free morning newspaper would have!
Fast forward 8 or 9 hours and I have had the usual incident packed day darting about from one side of London to the other. Classes, phone calls, texts, emails, conversations, meditations, home, back out, drop the car at the garage, shops, practise drums, go to the gym, so many twists and turns so many choices made, so many possibilities. From South-West via Central then West I was back in North and decided to walk into Muswell Hill to get a bit more shopping.
I’d long since stopped visiting charity shops having made the decision to clear out not collect. However as I walked past one tonight something in the window display caught my eye: an African thumb piano, a good one with a gourd. Though the sign on the door said the shop closed at 5.15, it was still open so I went in and asked the lady if I could please buy the instrument. She took it from the display and as she wrapped it up I looked at the books hoping to see something by Bernard Cornwell as I’m really into ‘The Warrior Chronicles’ at the moment. There were none to be seen but…..which book was tucked away in the corner of a shelf? A book that before this day I would never even have noticed…yes, it was the one I’d seen in the morning at Foyles priced at £12.99.
Here in the charity shop it was in good as new condition and cost me the princely sum of £1.25.
So what do you choose to think – coincidence? If so, which kind?
I choose to end this post with someone else’s words, someone I’ve mentioned already. Please feel free to mock them, devour them, ignore them, absorb them, be inspired or touched by them. Whatever choice you make, please at least read them:
“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein