The Choice is Ours

February 5th, 2015 | 3 comments

Written by Tribe Leader, Kate Gyngell

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“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us”

– Ken Levine


I love my bed! However, I have vowed this year to get up just 45 minutes earlier to go for a half hour jog and then spend 15 minutes in meditation or contemplation of the day ahead.


I have chosen to do this because I know how much more effective and mindful I am throughout the day and because I was using the excuse of being too busy to exercise regularly. In reality, I was just choosing not to make the time to do it.


Not everyone in the family is happy about this decision. My beloved and ever faithful Golden Retriever, Woozle is used to a gentle meander around the local streets with plenty of time to enjoy the delightful smells of other dogs and local wildlife. I thought it would be good for him as well as me to be upping the ante on the exercise front. He was overjoyed to see me gather his lead so early in the morning. The jogging came as a total surprise, however!


On day two of my new routine, Woozle clearly thought that the previous day’s insanity had been a one-off, so he was ecstatic to see me reach for his lead once again.


On the morning of the third day, I could sense his hesitation AND it was raining. We got as far as the front gate before he planted all four feet and refused to budge.


When Woozle saw me putting on my trainers on the fourth day, he slunk back to bed with an apologetic look and I set off on my own.


The thing is, I do understand how he feels but I also know how important it is that I move my body every day.   In Darren Hardy’s book The Compound Effect, he explains how small daily choices can really add up over time. By choosing not to exercise every day, I’m also choosing to ignore what I know my body needs.


We may not always feel like we have a lot of choices and sometimes those we make are made out of habit and we don’t even look for or realise there is an alternative.


But, just as we can choose whether to exercise or not, we can also, for example, choose to believe in how much good there is in the world or choose to focus on the negative. The way we choose to interpret what’s in front of us determines our level of happiness and enjoyment of life.


You might like to think about what choices you can make today to help you achieve what’s important to you?


And, by the way, Woozle and I have now found a compromise; we do one circuit round the streets at his pace, I drop him off and do a second one at mine and we meditate together!

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3 people have commented
  1. I love the story about Woozle! My Ebony is always keen to come with me, but then half way she slows and slows and slows! Today I came home saying I don’t want to take her anymore! Perhaps I need to find a compromise too as she’s acclimatising to the heat here and having to be on the lead, which she didn’t have to be in the UK so could go at her own stop/start pace! I shall ponder my choices!

  2. Loved your blog Kate and so pleased that you managed to work something out with Woozle. Would love to be a fly on the wall during the meditations!

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