Choice, Commit, Continue

By: D. A. Slinkard

I have been thinking about the world around me and what a bleak world it is for many people, though the perspective is not the same for others. Take for instance, there are some people who are wearing masks everywhere they go while others are not wearing masks. Who is the smart one? Who is the brave one? Who is the dumb one? The answer all depends upon who you ask and it proves one common factor — Life is about perspective. What you think, what you believe, what you trust all dictates the direction your life is going to go in. I never thought I would quote Rahm Emanuel, but as he says, “Never allow a good crisis to go to waste.”

We need to stop the doom-and-gloom thinking. Seriously, what is it getting us? Is it possible we are going to live in bubbles for the rest of our lives and be able to keep out every disease known to man? Nope. Not even close; yet we have allowed for our lives to be altered dramatically and the norm is absurd. We do things to give us a false sense of security that ultimately puts us more at harm. You can wear a mask, but at least wear it the right way. Wearing it incorrectly does no good for you, for me, for anyone. If you are going to wear gloves, the same goes.

I have already wasted two paragraphs on this fear mentality that we need to get over. This article is going to introduce you to 3 Cs. The very first “C” is choice. We all have a choice to make, and we all make choices every day. Either you can allow the current situation to bring you down or you can make the choice to not allow fear to run your life. How many people have been crippled by Covid-19, not because of the disease but because of the mentality that comes with the disease?

Many people fail in life because they fail to make the correct choice in life. They choose to focus in on the negative, focus in on why they cannot achieve something, and this is why they get nowhere. You need to have a defined destination you are wanting to achieve. When you make this choice you are then able to go to the second “C” which is commit.

We live in a society that has commitment issues. Whether it is gym memberships, marriages, or even cell phone contracts, we live in a time in which people are afraid to commit themselves. Too often people want to give up the moment life gets hard. Why? You have made the choice of what you want to do with your life; now you need to commit. People give up because it is not easy. Let’s look at Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken; many people do not realize the obstacles he had to overcome. Once he received his first social security check, Colonel Sanders set out trying to sell his recipe. He was told “No” over 1,000 times until he finally got his first “Yes!”

People see an end result and they believe it is the initial result because of the Facebook falsehood we live in. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, have created altered universes where it is merely a virtual reality. Not too long ago I saw someone on a social media site saying if they could get 1,000,000 people to give them a dollar they would email everyone a book on how to get a million bucks through the Internet. I wonder how many people fell for this tactic.

We have choices to make, then we must commit, and the final “C” is continue. We must follow this routine on a daily basis and cannot stop. Water that stops moving becomes stagnant, and that is exactly what happens when a person stops moving in their own life. They become stagnant and the bloodsucking mosquitoes start hovering around just waiting to find the next opportunity to draw some more blood out of them.

We are already close to being halfway through this year, and what are you doing with your time? Are you going to allow Covid-19 to be your excuse or are you going to do something about it? It is your choice — You need to commit, and then you need to continue this cycle. It is a tough world out there but you must decide whether you win or lose.
By: D. A. Slinkard