Perhaps the most important understanding that we can acquire in life is the understanding of cause and effect. If we get
that for every choice we make, there is a corresponding consequence, we might be less reckless with our choosing, and live better lives. We tend not to think beyond our instant gratification, and choose based on impulse and demand. And we pay for such choices. We pay dearly. We become like pinballs getting whacked from one day to the next and one experience to the next. We are reactive. We claw for our lives. But if we slow down enough to consider the result of our choices, then at least we can keep our options open.
We have more power over the condition of our life situation than we might realize, but we have to assert ourselves. We have to learn how to captain our ship and trim our sails so that we can weather the storms that will inevitably come.
Before I choose anything, I pause long enough to realistically consider the potential effect of my choice. I'm willing to be less impulsive.