Friday, January 27, 2017

Heads or Tails

In a coin toss, we look for a side, heads or tails, to tell us what choice to make, who wins a tie, how to proceed in a situation, a starting point, or how to process the pros and cons of an option. Whatever the result of the coin toss, our action is directed by the side of the coin that comes up. It is either one or the other. We may have a whole coin in our hand, but we can only act according to one side. Two sides, two choices, one action.

We may hold two distinct feelings in our heart at one time, two different possible ways to infuse what we do, yet we can only act out of one of them. We can hold fear and we can hold love in our heart at the same time, but we will only act out of one of them. With awareness of our tendencies to act out of one or the other, we can make better sudden choices. The side of fear points to jealousy, anger, anxiety, worry, suspicion, doubt, resentment, hopelessness, hatred, hostility, deception, trickery and animosity. The side of love points to hope, trust, confidence, friendship, joy, peace, honesty, forgiveness, openness, faith, composure, serenity, abundance, optimism, and goodwill. Two sides, two choices, one action. Will it be fear or will it be love? The outcome will depend on what we choose.

Today is a good day to look into our hearts and be aware of what we are feeling. Let us be in touch with our emotions and know that what we choose to act out of will determine our experience. When making decisions–big or small, considered or immediate–choosing to act out of love will have a decidedly different impact than acting out of fear. Our choice is not between heads or tails, for we are not leaving it up to chance. Our choice, and our consequence, is between fear and love. Which will it be?

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