Choose your tune

Some tunes we like; some we do not; others we tolerate; some we switch off; some we wait to end quickly but it goes on dragging and I have no control but patiently wait for the conclusion.

Why does this happen can we say? Perhaps we cannot but we know that it is a fact that cannot be bypassed. One of the most beautiful things God has given to human beings is to make a choice but what are your choices? How do you choose? What are your criterions for the choices you make? Does the choice you make reasonable?

Our choices, if they be truly human choices, should be accompanied by reasoning because the two are connected: intellect and will. Unthinking choices become choices of instinct and are often in line with animal actions. Is my choice for the betterment of my life and noble aspirations? Does it lead to fulfilment or does it degrade me or my human nature in some way or other?

There is a sense of justice to which I adhere. I cannot do injustice. I cannot be expected to defraud one to aggrandize another just because this would keep me away from unnecessary headaches! Again it is the choices I make and they have to be human choices.

What if the choices are not made by me but by another who somehow rules the roost forcing me to do things that I do not like to do? Threats and compulsions destroy the human character of a choice. Yes, there are times when we are helpless and are led by compelling circumstances to make unworthy choices. What cannot be changed has to be endured is what is commonly advised in such situations.

The Psalmist in the Bible sings many tunes. Sometimes he is happy praising and thanking God: “My heart is steadfast, O God... I will sing and make melody...I will give thanks to thee, O Lord” (Psalm 108. 1-3). At other times he is sad and begs God to help him: “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck” (Psalm 69.1). Occasionally he is moved to admire the power, wisdom and justice of God: “(you are) a God feared in the council of the holy ones...O Lord of hosts, who is mighty as thou art, O Lord with thy faithfulness round about thee”? (Psalm 89.7-8). So choose your tune in life but let your choice be human; a well thought out choice that ennobles you in every way.

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