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! He 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!
We’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.”