We all know how it feels don’t we; being held up for several minutes to hours, in a traffic jam… What about going to the grocery store, and all you need, is a little bit of butter, bread, and milk. You get there, and the lines are full of angry, impatient, customers. Then, you see the light! There is a self-check-out counter available! Woo-hoo! … Only to be met with an unruly, competitive person, who has also seen the opportunity.
Your shopping carts face each other; both of your faces shout warnings to one another… I dare you! Says your expression to the other whom responds, If you want to live another day! Okay, so it’s the holiday’s folks! You are going to run into these situations more than once!
What does free will have to do with any of this? EVERYTHING! You have the choice to decide on patience and peace, rather than confrontation. You can smile, rather than growl. You can step aside and let your elders check out in front of you, rather than behind. Why? Because they deserve it; they’ve seen and done things you, much younger, have only seen on the TV screen and maybe in your dreams.
Free will allows us to make the choices that only the highest good can afford us. We can look upon one another with kindness, patience, tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness… and maybe even unconditional love. Because let’s face it, can’t we learn from our animal companions in this regard?
Free will does not mean you have ultimate control. It means you can choose not to control the things you have no control over, and the wisdom to know the difference.
RMSAAM wishes you and yours Happy Holidays as they approach, because they truly have the potential to provide unimaginable happiness!