Making good choices
One of the greatest gifts we have as humans is our ability to exercise our free will and make choices. Admittedly it doesn’t always feel like we have a choice and sometimes the choices don’t look all that appealing. Yet choice we always have – even if it’s only about how to feel about a situation.
In truth most of us have far more choice than that, not least of which about what type of person we want to be and how we live in the world to uphold that choice. Ethics and morality seem like such old-fashioned concepts, or at least words, these days and yet they sit at the core of who we are individually and collectively. They help us define what we are prepared to allow happen on our watch. They call us to clarify our intention behind our actions and how we use our will to carry out those intentions.
We are starting to hear a lot about ‘common good’, ‘better world for all’ and ‘greater good’ which is hugely uplifting. Underpinning these powerful principles are the core truths of right relationship and unity which, when embraced, can cause us to consider deeply our own character and how we live up to our responsibility in building a better world for all.
The United Nations in its UN75 initiative (https://un75.uk/) is asking three big questions aimed at building a better world:
- What kind of future do we want to create?
- Are we on track?
- What actions are needed to bridge the gap?
To be able to answer and take action in these areas requires us to evaluate our underpinning values (drawn from our ethics and morals), consider the choices we are making, and set intentions that enable us to play our part in creating the better world we want. Of course, setting intentions is about more than having creative ideas. It’s about engaging our will to set those creative ideas into creative action.
Making good choices is a day in, day out thing which build in their power and impact when we are fuelled by a conscious intention underpinned by a strong, living moral compass.