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

Chuck Gallozzi

Chuck Gallozzi lived, studied, and worked in Japan for 15 years, immersing himself in the wisdom of the Far East and graduating with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Asian Studies. He is a Certified NLP Practitioner, speaker, seminar leader, and coach. Corporations, church groups, teachers, counsellors, and caregivers use his more than 400 articles as a resource to help others. Among his diverse accomplishments, he is also the Grand Prix Winner of a Ricoh International Photo Competition, the Canadian National Champion of a Toastmasters International Humorous Speech Contest, and the Founder and Head of the Positive Thinkers Group that has been meeting at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto since 1999. His articles are published in books, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. He was interviewed on CBC’s “Steven and Chris Show,” appearing nationally on Canadian TV. Chuck can be contacted at chuck.gallozzi@rogers.com. View his photography at https://500px.com/chuckgallozzi

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94 Responses

  1. Judy Quenneville says:

    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.

  2. Georgina Donkor says:

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

    regards

    Gina

  3. paul brown says:

    I love this article, it’s so true

  4. janice price says:

    This article is very helpful if we apply it to our lives.

  5. Shirley Turner says:

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

  6. wendy klinect says:

    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.

  7. Sharran Whipple says:

    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.

  8. anjana baburaj says:

    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.

  9. Safa So says:

    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.

  10. Rita Penton says:

    I liked the article , this is very helpful

  11. maryjoy casanes says:

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

  12. Aitimon Ehigiator says:

    I love the message and i promise to abide to it. Thanks

  13. carlotta parker says:

    i like this article it true about life and people.

  14. diane says:

    I like 1 because it true not everbody make moral choice

  15. carol atkisson says:

    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.

  16. Julie Anne says:

    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!

  17. Joanie Warlick says:

    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.

  18. Sean Briggs says:

    I loved the quotes greatly. The whole message was wonderful.

  19. Sean Briggs says:

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

  20. gaaae says:

    yo this is not too bad!

  21. virginia says:

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

  22. Joann Remedi says:

    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.

  23. Joann Remedi says:

    [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.

  24. d.boeri says:

    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 ??

  25. Diane says:

    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.

  26. Evette Goodridge says:

    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

    Sincerely, Yours

    Evette Goodridge
    7/17/12
    5:48pm

  27. Rachel says:

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

  28. Denine Bellssimo says:

    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.

  29. walatchaant says:

    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.

  30. k.harkin says:

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

  31. Victor Ongoma says:

    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!

  32. judy mull says:

    [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!!!

  33. judy mull says:

    #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.

  34. Yolonda Kinchen says:

    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.

  35. Belinda Finch says:

    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

  36. Steve McGatha says:

    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.

  37. Sol says:

    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.

  38. v Brown says:

    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.

  39. Guest says:

    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.

  40. sheryl Thompson says:

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

  41. M.Wegener says:

    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)

  42. Sherry says:

    [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.

  43. Donna Fuller says:

    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.

  44. A.Corpening says:

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

  45. lisa madison says:

    [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.

  46. Mary Ann says:

    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.

  47. maria coleman says:

    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.

  48. Caroline V. says:

    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!!

  49. Vanessa Rivera says:

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

  50. cathy mccurg says:

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

  51. Faith Holt says:

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

  52. BESSIE YOUNG says:

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

  53. Mary Shockley says:

    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.

  54. Lahzari Wilson says:

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

  55. Chuck Paul says:

    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………..

  56. APRIL JOHNSON says:

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

  57. Tyra says:

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

  58. Lynne Matthews says:

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

  59. NORIKA MOORE says:

    I REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS ARTICLE IT HAS TAUGHT ME TO HAVE A BETTER INPUT ON THINGS THAT WE LEARNED SO FAR.

  60. Michelle wright says:

    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.

  61. Michelle wright says:

    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

  62. Barbara Armbruster says:

    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.

  63. Lola Holdiness says:

    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.

  64. Gladys M Ciammetti says:

    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.

  65. chanita says:

    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.

  66. sarah dixon says:

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

  67. Berma says:

    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.

  68. Frank Hudson says:

    I really enjoyed the article it was very refreshing.

  69. Felicia Carter says:

    Learned a lot from this article.

  70. Deborah Tuck says:

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

  71. Keana Stephenson says:

    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.

  72. Darnette nicholson says:

    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

  73. Darnette nicholson says:

    I love this article great motivational speech

  74. Debbie Edgell says:

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

  75. Shirley Brown says:

    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.

  76. Becky Parker says:

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

  77. Terry Quinn says:

    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!!

  78. Alicia Mcclain says:

    I agree with the passage it a lot of positive insight in this massage

  79. Melonie Porter says:

    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.

  80. TOMEKA BROWN says:

    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.

  81. TOMEKA BROWN says:

    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.

  82. Kevonna Corley says:

    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.

  83. Tamecia Taylor says:

    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!

  84. Jeanette Robins says:

    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.

  85. Janet Bridges says:

    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.

  86. Barbara Woods says:

    [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.

  87. Gina Cash says:

    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.

  88. Shasta Goins says:

    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.

  89. Jessica Davis says:

    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.

  90. Evita Evans says:

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

  91. susan f curry says:

    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.

  92. Garnie C. says:

    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.

  93. Summer Wooten says:

    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.

  94. Karena Seaman says:

    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.

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