For a very long time my grandparents had a pre-remote TV. Any time I wanted to change the channel or volume, I had to get up from the couch or floor, walk over to the TV and adjust it. Of course at the time I couldn’t appreciate the beauty of that old pre-remote TV. Because of the pace at which everyone is moving (and expected to move), I view taking the time and effort to consciously choose something as a luxury rather than inconvenience.
Making conscious (without external pressure or internal reactivity) choices is a sign of mindfulness, power, and authenticity. Stepping away from the automatic responses and outdated belief systems that play in our head on repeat means that we are taking control of our choices, a power (and luxury) that is often overlooked. Consciously choosing our boyfriends/girlfriends/partners/significant others, families, work, and hobbies make both the bad and good times better, because we know that we choose ______. Try it, the next time _____ is irritating you, choose it. Say to yourself, “I choose _____.”
If you don’t consciously choose something, then consciously change it... and choose something else.