The greatest gift and the heaviest curse ever granted to man was free will. This concept is the foundation of Christianity and the distinction between important life issues such as capitalism vs socialism. The notion that you have control over your life and can pick where you want to go and what you want to do is mind-boggling. If life isn't going as planned, the truth is that it has a lot to do with what you've chosen to do. When you look at other people's success, you don't see all of the decisions they had to make to get there. When you observe someone who is corrupt and causing harm to others, they pick that road every day.
Finally, practically every major religion mentions being judged, but consider what and why we are evaluated. Everything we are assessed on centers around what we choose to do and become. I've never seen somewhere where it says you're good as long as you do what everyone else does. Everyone is judged based on who they are and what they do with their lives. This is significant because we must pause for a moment to acknowledge that who we choose to be matters. At the end of the day, we are all accountable for the decisions we make.
No matter how difficult the decision, we must make it and live with the consequences. Even if you hire a coach, which I highly encourage, the decision to pursue an idea is ultimately yours. People who assisted the Nazis made the same decision as those who assisted with the underground railroad. In either scenario, those people had to answer for what they did and what they chose.
It wasn't okay since they were just following orders, and no one says, "Well, you didn't start the railroad, so you don't get any credit." What we chose shapes who we are. Remember that when you're feeling helpless or powerful. What you do and why you do it is important.
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