Every minute of every day, except while we are sleeping, we are making choices. When we wake in the morning, we decide if we will get up or hit snooze. We decide on breakfast or no breakfast; we decide on coffee or tea. We decide if we are going to use alcohol or drugs today or not. Many of these choices are based on feelings, needs, triggers, or patterns of what we know has provided relief to our current feelings in the past.

An example might be having coffee in the morning to relieve that sleepy feeling we have from getting out of bed. We know that caffeine will help clear some of the foggy feelings. We might choose to have tea instead because we have experienced an upset stomach when we drank coffee in the past. These are simple examples of daily, almost routine decisions.

When we need to make bigger choices, we all usually follow a process of:

  • choosing what it is we want

  • gathering information on the decision

  • evaluating alternatives to this choice

  • thinking about some of the pros and cons to the decision

  • then taking action

  • many times, we look to make sure we made the right choice

Unfortunately, we do not always think about the results of our decisions at the time. But they all have some level of impact on our lives. Choices set us on a path for our short-term and long-term future. This is why it is always best to try to learn from choices that resulted in unwanted results. One of the best things about human life is our ability to make every day a new day with choices that help us move towards our goals.

 What are you going to choose today?