What is life’s greatest gift? It is free will or choice.

What is life’s greatest gift? It is free will or choice. Choice is the ability to select one course of action from a set of alternatives to achieve a goal. What is so great about choice? It transforms us from dumb animals into artists. Each of us becomes another Michelangelo, for choice is nothing other than the chisel we use to sculpt our life. The chisel doesn’t come free, however, for the price of choice is responsibility. But when we accept and carry out our responsibility, the reward is great. The reward is happiness.

Life is not static, it is a flow. Every choice we make leads us closer to or further from our goals. We constantly need to monitor where we are on our journey. We need to ask questions: Am I moving closer to my goals? If not, what corrective measures can I take? What action will I take now to realign myself with my goals? Choice is power. Choice is at the heart of life; it is the creative power of life.

You make choices every day, and your life becomes more convenient or comfortable because of them. For example, you decide which stores to shop at and which gas station to patronize. But the decisions we make that sculpt our lives are far more important than deciding where to shop. The more we appreciate the difference between minor and major decisions, the greater the likelihood that we will experience happiness and fulfillment.

All chess lovers realize that it isn’t necessary to win to enjoy the game. The pleasure is in the playing. Life is like a chess game. Make the best moves (choices) you can under the circumstances. If you live by this rule, you will always enjoy the game of life, regardless of its outcome.

How to Make the Right Choices

Each day, we make countless choices. How can we be sure we are making the right decisions? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Be aware of where the road leads
Choose intelligence. Not every decision we make is a moral choice. Sometimes its just a matter of choosing between stupidity and intelligence. For example, if you are a young nonsmoker and your friend offers you a cigarette, dont take it. That would be stupid. If youre looking for the path to happiness, it is easy to find. Just avoid the paths with signs that say STUPID and follow those that say SMART. Easy enough to do, but you have to remember to check the signs before you start down a path. As Harry Emerson Fosdick wrote, “He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.”

Whenever we are at a fork in the road, we will find that one of the paths is easy to take, but that may be the only thing good about it. So, look carefully. You may find that one path tempts you and the other ennobles you. Choice the one that ennobles you. Learn how to withdraw from temptation. For as it is written in the Bhagavad Gita, “Even as a tortoise draws in its limbs, the wise can draw in their senses at will.”

Besides the paths of SMART and STUPID or GOOD and BAD, there is yet another road, and it leads nowhere. It is the road of non-action. It is the path of no-choice. Whenever we face choices and refuse to decide, that refusal is our decision. By refusing, we turn over control to the tides of fate, and instead of shaping our lives, we decide to drift wherever the tides and currents will take us.

2. Do what you can
Decide what you CAN do, not what you WANT to do. Our wants are insatiable. We want to do everything. But how can we become anything if we want to become everything? Choose worthwhile goals that you have time for. Set priorities and focus on the important issues. If you run out of time before getting to the minor tasks, at least you would have done the important ones.

Choose to carry out your responsibilities not because you HAVE to, but because you WANT to. Tasks that you HAVE to do create pressure and stress. Actions that you WANT to do, lead to the joy of accomplishment and freedom from inner conflict. Choose to learn how to WANT to do those tasks that you should be doing. For in the end, you will do only what you want to do. Similarly, when you cant have what you want, choose to want what you have.

3. Look for the good
Some of us may be undergoing great hardships. But no life is so difficult that it cannot be made better by improving our attitude. No matter how dire the circumstances, if you look for some good, you will find it. But how can we find anything good if we occupy our time complaining? The rule to remember is that we are certain to find what we look for. If we search for good, we will find it. If we search for something to complain about, we will surely find it. Choose to search for good. And choose to believe something good can and will happen. Choose to live with hope, rather than despair. Don’t be a dope. Learn to cope. Live with hope.

4. If you cant change the circumstances, change yourself
We cannot choose what will happen TO us, but we can choose what happens IN us. That is, we can choose to have the right attitude, one in which we view challenges as opportunities instead of problems. Choose to be positive. For example, although he became confined to a wheelchair after his accident, W. Mitchell (author, TV host, and businessman) said, “Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do; now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 Ive lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.”

5. Be aware of your choices
When we act out of habit rather than conscious choice, the path were traveling on is a rut, perhaps even a slippery slope. If we don’t want to end up at the wrong place, we have to be awake. We have to be aware and make our choices consciously. The best way to do this is to develop the habit of always looking for opportunities. Scout Cloud Lee also writes about conscious choice: “When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.”

Look around you. There are great people everywhere. Champions, victors. And they’re all rooting for you. They are voting for you because they want you to win. Unfortunately, you are also surrounded by losers, people who want to drag you down. They are voting against you. Half are for you. Half are against you. How will this closely contested drama turn out? It all depends on you because you will be casting the deciding vote. The ballot is the choices you make. Be careful how you choose!


  1. Loved this reading. It is very true. I know when my mom became disabled, she did not lose her kindness and loving way about her. She always saw the positive side of things even as she declined. She loved to live and have friends and do things and talk to people. So she found friends even when she was confined to the hospital, nursing home, or rehab home. She was loved by the nurses so they went out and above to show her love from the time she was in the nursing home till she got discharged. So im grateful for the way the care was given to my mom.

  2. I really enjoy this article it bless my heart to know no matter what I’m face with I can still achieved my goals and change my mindset to a having a better attitude no matter what goes on, because it keep you focus off the negative in your life.

  3. Hello,
    I really enjoyed reading this article is a real eye opener. I am a cigarette smoker and I did quit for 16 months and I wish I had never picked up that cigarette after that because now I am thinking it will be harder to quit the second time. I am planning on it I hope. I try to look on the positive side but sometimes I go to the dark side. I know it is my job I have been with for 25 years management wants me to quit secretly they do I feel because of the way I am treated when I have a problem either with quality issue, a personal matter, ect… I think when I apply myself with the help of this article I am thinking I will feel better about everything.

  4. I enjoyed the article and definitely will use some of the steps in my life and future positions. First to learn to be able to make better choices. Think positive and not let other peoples negative thinking alter mine.

  5. Really enjoyed this positive and uplifting article, something you can to apply to your life in making the right choices

  6. I agree with a lot in this article. It is very important to have positive feedback and to improve things in life that has been bringing you down. It was an uplifting article. It made me think about what I need to be looking for and to push myself to have more motivation. Being a single mom has a lot of ups and down, I think being a single mom is the most hardest thing in the world. Because if you have no help from the biological father can take a big toll on a person. This article gives you motivation and a push to do better and to show you can do it.

  7. I really found this article to be very uplifting and so very true. Great inspirational read! Loved it. I will use these tools to change what I can change and work harder on the more difficult.

  8. At this moment I have a lot of challenges. I am dealing with them better now as a result of reading inspirational articles,such as this one. I have learned to stop running from the bad situations, stand up, and deal with it! It has been hard but the rewards that I have gained have been worth it. I even got my self esteem back.

  9. [quote name=”Deborah Tuck”]Great encouragement on how we should look for the positive in all.I enjoyed the reading.[/quote]
    I agree with the article, and tried to teach my children the same. I also try to live as it is of positive and being around positive people for the energy to progress in life.

  10. I so enjoyed this article I was truly blessed by it. I thank you I now know the things that I need to do in my own life. I know need to change my attitude and to make better choices. Because I choose to be better. And I am the one who has the power to make it happen for myself.

  11. This article is what I needed. There is lots of encouragement in this article I feel that I have made the right choice in the medical field. Getting positive feedback from the message in the article. And from some of the readers.

  12. I really really enjoyed this article! It really bought some positive up lifting thoughts to mind.I am glad I took the time out to read the entire article because some of the challenges mention in the article I’m going through now… The article enlighten me on how to handle them also to be mindful on how you choose to make the best choice because it can bring you closer to your goal or further from it.
    I give this article 3 thumbs up!

  13. I really enjoyed this article. I agree with everything he said. Taking the right path and making the right choices helped me a lot. This is how i feel about the article i had read.

  14. I learned a lot this was a great motivational article it make me think about what i been through in my life experienced for me to take the right path and making the right choices for me and my son so It give me courage to succeed and work hard at been very successful and getting my life together for me and my son to accomplish my career goal and work on my attitude together for me and him.

  15. I learned a lot from this article it was very helpful make me think about what i have experienced in my life to get myself together to succeed in the things I need to work on to get my life to be successful on my career goal.

  16. The most important thing I took from this article is the type of people you surround yourself with can effect your decisions. Winners will encourage you to try and keep trying. Losers will try to talk you into quitting before you even begin, your possible success threatens them.

  17. This article was a good reminder of where I’ve been in my life and how far I’ve come!! I’ve been through aot, but have survived on my strength and my family support group. Tehy always keep pushing me to do better. I still have a daughter to raise even tho she unfortunately lives w/ her father, but the times I see her, I am blessed with every minute I can spend with her. She also gives me the strength to continue cuz I’m a fighter & one stubborn person!! I’m glad to have them in my life. This chapter has taught me to keep striving for my best no matter what happens!! I will reach my goals and be able to complete my new adventure in the path of Life!!

  18. I enjoyed this article. It was so true.and straight to the point. Very positive, just what i needed.

  19. This article was most of what I have experienced in my life so far, but it also gives me courage to succeed in things I need to work on, to give my life as an “older” individual, to put more effort and determination where I need it, and to better help me on my way to a successful, and lasting conclusion to a great career.

  20. I really enjoyed this article. I agree with everything he said. Taking the right path and making the right choices helped me a lot.

  21. This article woke me up more I’m reaching for my goals I will graduate from college October 11th 2015. This is a great motivational article

  22. Such an inspiring article Love it. Life is like a game of Chess you have to make the right choices and Moves to be successful in life for you and our families.So love everything you do and win.

  23. Great encouragement on how we should look for the positive in all.I enjoyed the reading.

  24. I was moved by reading this article. Its like Ms. Coleman stated, “Life is what you make of it”. So true. That is what our choices in life are all about. So make the right choices and keep God first, he’ll guide our footsteps and keep us making the right choices in life.

  25. I agree with the passage reading but you always have to be positive and take your time. don’t give up to be productive.

  26. looking over this passage it has taught me some things to look at also somethings too take down in follow some of them i really enjoy reading this it has taught me alot that i didnt realize to think about. now this has really push me foward into looking forward to reaching my goals.

  27. Thank you for your wise advices, I like everything I read and most important I am going to apply it in my personal life! I like how you explain each of the suggestions, in a simple and easy way to understand.

  28. Good article of the way life should look in different out comes. We need this everyday. Almost as having a prayer life everyday. And more of us getting a control on reality noone is perfect. And to forgive and more forward.

  29. A very thought provoking article. It has given me additional perspective as I think about choices I am needing to make right now. I appreciate the words of wisdom.

  30. I really enjoyed reading this article. It was truly inspiring to me. It just gave me the umph that I needed to continue on the path of good decision making

  31. I really enjoyed reading this article. It was very refreshing and inspiring for me. It just gave me the umph that I needed to keep on the right path of good decision making.


  33. This all makes sense and has validity, It is good common sense and applying it to life.

  34. This article is right on! I do appreciate all that I have read! Inspirational at a much needed time in my life!

  35. This was refreshing and i enjoyed reading this passage it really help along with the lesson being taught.

  36. I enjoyed reading this passage. I also agree with everything in it but some times it is very hard to see the right choices we should make.I guess it is part of our job to take the time to evaluate,weight the pros and cons and make the informed choice that we should………..

  37. i enjoyed this article, its good to make good choices to help set better goals.

  38. In the past I did not make the right decisions and for that I got into lots of trouble. Now by doing these excerise I have learned to make the right choises.I look at the choices I make to day and I have to say that I’m happier now then I have been in a long time.

  39. Very good reasons to think and plan set goals. And always make choices that are going to benefit you in a positive way.

  40. This is such a good and interesting article. Mr. Gallozzi has a wonderful insight about life. Thanks for sharing them with me.

  41. this gave me a new incite into making and choosing the right path and to make positive changes.

  42. Very informational. Great reading and a lot on insight on making the right choices.

  43. Stay aware of your choices and looking ahead to find our way. This article was very uplifting and positive, I leaned a lot from it and TRUER Words Were Never SPOKEN! WoW! Awesome!!

  44. I was always told from my youth to adulthood that life is what you make of it.There are consequences so try and make good choices even though it may not seen at the time its the right choice but when the dust settles and the smoke fades you’ll be able to see your way.

  45. Making right choice sometimes can be easy and other times be harder to make. We always need to make sure that we have everything lined up correctly in our lives to make sure that all the right decisions are being made. Plus that we are able to take responsibility for the decisions and choices we all make all the time.

  46. [b]I think this article speaks the truth we have choices and how we choice them are on us. I choice hang around positive people because negative will never get me any where.

  47. I really enjoyed the article, about making better choices. it’s so important, and finding yourself willing to make change for the better!

  48. This article has made me make the right decisions in my life and change my thinking to move forward with what is necessary to do. Thanks for the information I really did enjoy it.

  49. [quote name=”judy mull”][quote name=”d.boeri”]sometimes the right discision is not always the answer, as a job. you stay becauseof the money, but the the stress is greater. good discision , keep the job bills need to be paid…working with new boss who has a bad attiude and embarras you in front of people all the time gets really stressfull and hard to work, dont need to carry that home. quit or not ??[/quote]
    Make sure that you have a job lined up to replace the one that you are about to quit be fore you do quit. Then when you get a new job then you can give your notice to the boss that is giving you a hard time and is embarrising you in front of your fellow workers. TAhat boss will more than likely be the next person looking for a new job!!![/quote]
    Judy I am having the same problem with a co-worker. She is very bossy and looks for something wrong with everything I do. She has made a job I love very hard to enjoy. I am still working there, but I am taking college classes to get a better job. Please find another job before you Quit. There are people who are seeing how he is treating you.. I believe he will get what is coming to him and you will get relief from the stress once he is gone. Keep your head up. Better things are just around the corner.

  50. I try to withhold a lasting judgement until I know a person a bit better. The person who stole my purse could be going through a rough time (like Jean Valjean in Les Miserables – without the random singing)

  51. all of these messages are ones we use everyday.
    TRY to make the right choices.

  52. This informatin is straight forward and hits all the man pionts. Everything said is true and good advice for the people. I have learned from this.

  53. I always try to look for the good in people. You never know what a person is going through and tend to judge them wrong. Good advice.

  54. I love this article. I agree with every single word, phrase, and sentence. It is up to us to make good or bad choices. But I would always try to make good/smart choices so I can succeed in life.

  55. I really enjoyed this article. I never really thought about how my choices really truly make the difference in the path that my life will take and how it influences my path. This article has given me so much to think about. I am printing this article to keep and reflect on and I am also passing this article on to my wife and some friends. This article is one that now makes me think and evaluate my thoughts and actions.

  56. FREE Choice; I like knowing that we have a free choice to make. I myself knowing that every choice we make leads us (me) closer to our (my) future from our (my) goals. Needing to monitor were my journey stands out for me is a very wise tool that I shall take hold to……Thank You Belinda Finch

  57. I really enjoyed this article and it hit some spots and it has some ideas to seem worth trying out, I geuss I am going to try some of them.

  58. #22
    when you are not comfortable at the job that you are currently working and your boss is making it difficult for you to make it work then by all means quit, but first you must make sure that you have a new job to go to, don’t quit until you have one. Then by all mean’s tell you boss a 2 wk notice that you will no longer be working for the company.

  59. [quote name=”d.boeri”]sometimes the right discision is not always the answer, as a job. you stay becauseof the money, but the the stress is greater. good discision , keep the job bills need to be paid…working with new boss who has a bad attiude and embarras you in front of people all the time gets really stressfull and hard to work, dont need to carry that home. quit or not ??[/quote]
    Make sure that you have a job lined up to replace the one that you are about to quit be fore you do quit. Then when you get a new job then you can give your notice to the boss that is giving you a hard time and is embarrising you in front of your fellow workers. TAhat boss will more than likely be the next person looking for a new job!!!

  60. Thanks for the good advice; indeed, life is a matter of choice, whatever you are going through today is a result of the choice you made yesterday, wake up and shape up your tomorrow by making the right choices NOW!

  61. these messages are ones that we all know but still need reminded.Life can be difficult and encouragements do wonders

  62. If we don’t really know “What is our purpose of life?” our life is empty and always in trouble. Learn to know it you will be fine. Life is happiness.

  63. Great atricle! Everything is so very true. Always be positive stay away from negativity. No matter how tough it gets the tough get going. Always reward yourself no matter how big or small it may be. We make our choices in life and we have to what is best for us. Very helpful straight forward good advice.

  64. I think these are all wonderful thoughts and ideas, and if put to good use, will make everyone’s life better!

  65. I agree I do like your website that say join.me and it helps me to connect to my instructor to help me with my class work

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  66. This article was right on about a lot of things. I love the quotes used and yes we should stop and think about our choices everytime one is made.

  67. sometimes the right discision is not always the answer, as a job. you stay becauseof the money, but the the stress is greater. good discision , keep the job bills need to be paid…working with new boss who has a bad attiude and embarras you in front of people all the time gets really stressfull and hard to work, dont need to carry that home. quit or not ??

  68. [quote name=”virginia”]I love all of it, it’s straight to the point and it’s very helpful.[/quote]
    I totally agree with you all the points can work in our lives in one way or another. I thought it was very helpful and eye opening.

  69. I liked the article and the 5 steps to it but my favorite was #2 due to the fact that it makes you realize that just because you want to do something doesn’t mean it is the right thing for you to do or it is the best choice for you.

  70. I love all of it, it’s straight to the point and it’s very helpful.

  71. I loved the message but my favorite was the quotes. they are inspirational.

  72. Love this artcl. It is helpful and very true. I will not let life make choices for me, I will make my own choices that will meake me happy and take down the road that it best for me.

  73. Ive made some foolish poor choices in my life just by not acting upon them when i needed to, it feels horrible, but now that I know I will try to recognize new better opportunities when they are presented and say Yes to life!

  74. i enjoyed this article as I have been going threw hardships for quite awhile. I did dwell on the negative and this article helps me appreciate the choices I have been working on. It validates right thinking.

  75. i love this article because you learn about yourself what is bad or good so that you can encountered your life

  76. Thanks. A real good article to read because I am at that point of making choices. Actually in life it’s a continuously deciding which way to go. Enjoyed reading it though.

  77. i really enjyd this artcle a lot . i didnt thnk tht choosing in lfe was so inpotrnt bt nw i found it and i m gonna folow tht wy.

  78. I really enjoyed this article. I believe that by knowing who you are and by taking the right path can lead you to the right choices in life. But, as the article said sometimes we don’t make the right choices and take a wrong path but when we find out that they are a bad choice.Then we need to turn ourself around,not dwell on these mistakes and take the right path to happiness and prosperty.

  79. I took care of dementia people in an assisted living environment.Each one had their own personality. You could tell when they had good days and bad days. Each day was a blessing for us to see them get up and have worries just like us. We solved their problems and off they go as if nothing happened.We were all sad when they left us here on earth, we knew that they had the best life they possible could have.Would I do this all over again,yes I would in a heart beat. Each and every one of us knew that we did all that we could to make their life meaningful.

  80. This was good reading. My husband has demenia. Sometimes this is hard to deal with.

  81. I love the message,And it’s going to help me. I hope to here from you soon.



  82. I love this article, it’s so true about making better choices. I also believe that there is always good, if you are looking for it. If you look for problems, you will surely find them as well. My life sucks right now, I am caregiver to my parents and my moms sister. All 3 of them are in their 90’s and sick. They are a lot of work and make me crazy, I have no time for myself. People tell me I’m insane to take in 3 old, sick family members, but I know in my heart that I’m doing something good, even if the good isn’t for me, it’s for them. This is a choice I made because I want to make a difference for them. I want their last days to be at home, with family that loves them, not in a nursing home with strangers. It’s hard work, really hard work, even with the assistance of an aide 10 hrs a day. Even with dementia, I know they appreciate all I’m doing for them, and that I love them enough to be happy to be doing it. Remember, do unto other as you would have others do unto you.

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