Too often we make choices without thinking about their consequences. Sometimes the results are immediate but other times there’s a delay. The ongoing patterns need our attention, whether good or bad. Habits are simply actions that have been repeated for at least 21 days in a row. Those can become part of the changes we resist making in our daily living.
In therapy I see people repeating the results of bad choices without examining what they are doing or why. A noted psychiatrist defined doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result as insanity. Immature people refuse to examine their behavior and want to blame others for the choices for which they are responsible.
As a result we have become a society with many “victims.” Those are the people who think somebody else did it to me, or should do it for me. It results in a feeling of helplessness or powerlessness.
Plato said “the unexamined life is not worth living.” That ancient wisdom is the mark of maturity. Wise people examine their behavior and look at the choices they make that lead to those results. How is your life examination looking these days?
The results of our decisions should not surprise us. If we think things through, we can predict the outcomes. That requires a thoughtful process rather than an impulsive response. God says: “Be not deceived. What you sow is what you will reap.”
Have you checked the “seeds” you are planting?