- Posted June 13, 2012 by
District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Inprovisation of Choice
I have been in the center of a stage in front of hundreds of people, and I have been in a place where my life was threatened. I have been in a place where I had never felt happier before, and I have been in a place where I felt everything around me was against me. I have been in a place where I simply felt like nothing.
Every single moment of my life, I have been in a place that has led me right to the point where I am at this moment. I was in those places by my own choices.
“It is the big choices we make that set our direction. It is the smallest choices we make that get us to the destination”
– Shad Helmstetter
The smallest choices we make shape who we are, not the big ones. It is a lot like musical improvisation. You feel the music, and you just choose what you want to do. It is a combination of small choices that musicians make when they improvise, but each one of the notes they choose shape the quality of the entire piece.
Whether or not you take a right or a left on the corner of a street might not seem like a big deal sometimes, but at the end, those small choices that you make are directing you through the definite path you take in the big picture.
Musicians cannot be too emotional. If they press the piano keys too hard, or exhale too strongly through the trumpet, the harmony of the improvisations collapse.
“The choices we make in the heat of emotion would be better if left for some other day”
– Author Unknown
Nobody is perfect. People make mistakes. People make wrong choices.
And that is okay. You just make another choice in life, and change the outcome of the wrong choices.
“Listen to the quietest whispers of your mind. They are telling you the choices that will help you the most.”
- Shad Helmstetter
Smallest choices are the key, not the big ones. People often misunderstand this concept. The major choices are easy to take, but they will not take you very far. Instead, it is the smallest choice that is the hardest to take.
“If you were given only one choice: To choose or not to choose, which would you choose?”
I would choose not to choose the only choice I get. Life is a full of perspectives. There are multiple ways to look at one choice.
Would you have enough courage to make a small choice, instead of a big one?
Would you have enough courage not to choose what seems like the only choice you have?
Are you ready to improvise?