Choice versus Chance

A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action. A life lived of chance is a life of unconscious creation.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Many of us walk through life, getting from point A to point B, not remembering even how we got there. We live our life on autopilot – stuck or down because we don’t realize that ultimately, we have the power to make it different; that we are truly the conscious creators of our own world. Oftentimes, we give our power to fate and destiny, but don’t recognize that as humans, what differentiates us most is our power of choice. Each day and each moment we have the ability to make hundreds of choices as to how we live and experience our lives. While unexpected things can and do happen, we still have choice on what we make those things mean about us and our world. We can also choose whether we spend our days unconsciously or take conscious action to improve the condition of our moment. Living unconsciously makes us feel as if we are the victims of chance; things just happen to us like we are the objects of some ill-fated design. We begin to believe that God or the Universe hates us and that we were born to live a life of misery. The reality, however, is that our life results from a series of choices. There are no small choices – every choice counts. By bringing our conscious attention to each choice, we can begin to move closer to our goals and desires. Living consciously reminds us in each moment to consider what it is we say we want and then determine if our choices line up with that vision. And when we do, we can truly begin to feel liberated and happy.

Weekly Peace Practice: Live consciously.

  • This week, make every choice count. Rather than walking through your week on autopilot or worrying about the curves life has thrown, focus on every choice, big and small. Consciously choose to be aware of what you eat, say, think, believe, feel and create.
  • Notice any excuses that get in the way of living a life of conscious choice. Avoid the traps of “I’m tired” “I can’t” or “I’m too busy” and create a no-excuses zone this week. Put a Post-it note as a reminder or an alarm on your phone to remind yourself of your goals.


Don’t forget to rate your level of happiness before you begin your weekly practice and again at the end of the week.