A Choice Cannot Be Un-made

I was watching an episode in the television series “Locked Up Abroad” which featured a young man who assumed that laws do not apply to him!  locked up abroad smallerHe believed that with his charm he could talk himself out of any consequences from transgressing man-made laws.  Until he got caught trying to transport cocaine out of a country which takes a no-nonsense approach to any violations of its laws.  He was sentenced to ten years in one of the country’s most barbaric prisons!  On camera he spoke of how he couldn’t come to terms with the fact that there was no way for him to have his old carefree life back!  He could not accept that he was where he was because of what he had decided to do.  He seemed to think that it was “unfair” that these consequences had flowed from his choice!

mahatma-gandhi-1We’ve all been there… not in prison but in wishing to not have made a choice that we made.  When a choice cannot be un-made the only thing left is to decide to learn from the consequences of that choosing.  Railing against that choice is to waste time that could be used for learning.  And learning from that bad choice is essential if we are to discover all that our heart desires!  After all it is what the heart desires that causes us to choose as we do.  And to choose what we do!

Mahatma Gandhi summed it up best:

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions.
Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits.
Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values.
Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.”

locked up abroad app smallerWhat habits keep causing you to choose what you later come to regret?  How long will it be before you stop making such choices?  Where are those choices leading your life?

Kahu Kimo

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9 Responses to A Choice Cannot Be Un-made

    • Thank-you so much for reading it and for your comment!
      I’m so very pleased that some of these posts are making a difference!
      Kahuna-pule Kimo

      • I try to read once every week or so and must admit, your posts are very thought provoking. I was thinking the other day about choices in my life and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to choose my path. And at the same time, how bad choices or vices limit what opportunities come to me….. Your post came at a very opportune time so thank you for it. Much appreciated.

      • I am very much heartened by your response. I am glad to know that the post was of some kind of encouragement to you. Our choices always take us somewhere. If we don’t like where we are going then we need to ask ourselves WHY we are choosing that route!
        Kahuna-pule Kimo

  1. Douglas Freel says:

    Thanks again Father. The word that stands out to me in your blog is the word: “unfair.” For someone to feel they understand unfairness / injustice, in our world of bombed marathon runners, and much worse, the very idea of “fairness” lacks humility. Many babies will starve tonight, never getting a chance to travel and score cheap cocaine. I’m with you. Embrace your journey, and learn, or discover too late, what other not taken paths may have been gifted you, and die unaware.

    • Whenever I hear someone whining that something is ‘unfair’ to them I always immediately think the individual is locked into selfishness and self-centeredness. In the end life is not about ‘me’ but about ‘us’! Thank-you for your very astute response!
      Kahuna-pule Kimo

  2. It always staggers me when people seem to think the rules don’t apply to them… especially when they do something so blatantly wrong… it can even make me angry…

    • The person who lives this way manifests a lack of understanding that Life is not about me getting my way, but about enabling the best possible life for all of us!
      Kahuna-pule Kimo

  3. Reblogged this on Journey2Kona2019 and commented:

    “…wishing to not have made a choice that we made”

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