I've been reading a lot lately; it's a dear hobby of mine. As a child in elementary school, I used to love and anticipate our class field trips to the library. When we'd get there, I would check out as many books as I was allowed per the permissible limit on my account. To this day, reading brings peace and tranquility during those "life is crazy" moments. And with life having the knack to shake you up when you least expect it, well, let's just say it's nice to have a hobby that you can turn to for shelter.
I've been reading a book by author Dan Millman over the last couple of days. I have to say it's full of life lessons some of us never come to learn soon enough. Here's an excerpt from his book Way of the Peaceful Warrior:
"I once knew a guy like you:
"I met him on a construction site in the Midwest. When the lunch whistle blew, all the workers would sit down together to eat. And every day, Sam would open his lunch pail and start to complain.
"'Son of a gun!'" he'd cry, 'not peanut butter and jelly sandwiches again. I hate peanut butter and jelly!'
"He whined about his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches day after day after day until one of the guys on the work crew finally said, 'Fer crissakes, Sam, if you hate peanut butter and jelly so much, why don't you just tell yer ol' lady to make you something different?'
"'What do you mean, my ol' lady?' Sam replied. 'I'm not married. I make my own sandwiches.'" -- [Quote Source: Millman, Dan. Way of the Peaceful Warrior; 20th Anniversary Edition. P. 28]
My initial response towards Sam was "oh my gosh, are you kidding me?!?!"
But look past the humor in the situation. Don't just nod your head in disbelief at Sam and move on. What's the point this whole situation is trying to convey? It's the fact that "we all make our own sandwiches." [Quoting: Dan Millman]
In philosophical thought, it's the concept of "free will." The notion that we all get to choose between all the decisions we have to make in our lives. When we come to terms with the fact that we all have freedom of choice in our lives, we begin to take responsibility. Only then do we start to live the way we're meant to. Only then do we release the flood of limitless potential.
If someone told you that you have a choice:
- Allow other people's perception of you manifest itself into reality, or
- Decide for yourself what your future will be,
Which do you choose? After all, you can keep making that damn peanut butter and jelly sandwich for yourself, or you can prep yourself something different. It's your choice.