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UNDERSTANDING OUR CHOICES

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Lisa leaves a job that gives her financial security—saying goodbye to everyone she knows in her city—to start a new life elsewhere.

With enough money to cover rent and food for maybe six months, she moves to a foreign country. Lisa doesn’t speak the language and she doesn’t know anyone.

Her dissatisfaction and unhappiness with everything, in both her personal and professional life, constitute strong reasons for making such an “extreme” decision.

She is the happiest woman on Earth as she plans to begin a new career.

Lisa is aware that supporting herself with her new career will take much longer than six months. However, she trusts that she will be okay based on her past and present state of mind.

Lisa anticipates a comfortable transition to her new circumstances. In the past, she had embraced the unknown with courage, optimism, and an open mind.

Acquired wisdom has taught her to recognize that changes that come with a degree of uncertainty are always better than being stuck in a situation where certainty is served with unhappiness.

In the midst of the worst moments she faces during her life-changing adventure, she doesn’t regret the choice she made.

A year later, Lisa is happy with herself and her new career.

We could assume that Lisa was aware of her “destiny.” Based on her life experiences, she knew of her ability to commit to “extreme” choices when facing “extreme” discomforts.

This story makes me think about good and bad choices.

What is a “bad” choice when we know that the decision we are making, based on our own truths, is the only one we really have?

I believe the more we know ourselves, the more we understand the illusion of Free Will.

In a sense, the choices we make are not choices. They are events waiting to happen long before we “happen” to think of them as choices.

Much love,

Valeria

** This narrative is based on true events **