Ideas and choices carry power in them and over time the consequences are profound for the course we take. Why don’t we think more about the choices and decisions we make? Thinking is hard, that is why so few of us do it. Here are a few choices we all have the freedom to think about and choose. As the saying goes, “the choice is yours” and I say, “and so are the consequences from our choices.” Here are 7 points to ponder about.
1) What we do on earth matters. Are we willing to wait until the end of time to be rewarded for the deeds we do here on earth? The longer we are willing to wait for the rewards of what we do, the greater our rewards will be. Say this to your teenage kid next time you hear complaints.
2) Would we increase the size of armed officer’s squads or the size of the libraries in our schools? Would we rather increase the size of the cars we drive or the size of our home libraries? What we do with our time and money speaks so loud others can hear what we say.
3) Do I really need to understand money? The understanding of money matters a great deal. The majority of people who say money is not important to them, don’t have any money. The crazy thing is this: people who say that money is not important to them: are working for money, in jobs they don’t like, to pay for things they bought with money they didn't have, to impress people they don’t like.
4) It is easy to lose what we don’t even know we have. This is happening with our freedoms. It is easy to spend what we have not earned. Now you know why Government spending is totally out of control. All government spend is third party spending. Who would be better at spending money? We the people or the politicians in Washington would get better bang for the buck? The book 1913 by Oliver DeMille, gives clear education on how politicians cleverly changed the constitution to have control over money collected and printed and how to spend the money. Our founding fathers and the architects of the changes depicted in the book 1913 will likely not meet in eternity. If you had a choice, who would you rather spend eternity with?
5) Others are always watching our behavior. Who we are and what we do matters. People copy 100% of what we do wrong and only 50% of what we do right. Yes, the bias is towards evil, always. We have to make a conscious effort to do as much good as we possibly can. Would we rather compound the positive or the negative we do? Always remember the negative tends to travel and spread faster. Politicians figured this out a long time ago!
6) We are what we eat. Someone once said, “The food industry creates the problems and the drug industry alleviates the symptoms.” We are ignorant enough not to see it that's why we buy into it. We create our health problems by our habits, then demand our doctors to provide solutions and we want the government to pay for the costs. An ignorant society will not remain free for long. We can vote every day with our dollars.
7) Would we choose to go to bars then on to casinos or to get together with your friends to learn and grow and deal with our decaying communities? Which choice leads to solving your life most pressing questions?
Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)