When I was a little girl, I would ride my bicycle to the library. I used to love the silence, the solitude, and being surrounded by books and endless possibility.
I gravitated toward the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I remember they were in one section of the library, and I would read them one by one.
But I wouldn’t just read them one time through. I had to explore every possible scenario in each book. I liked to witness how the choices I made at the bottom of the page affected the storyline.
It’s about the Journey, not the Destination
For as long as I can remember, I have used Choose Your Own Adventure books as my analogy to life.
We are born with a certain set of circumstances. From there, we choose what to do, where to go, who to be, how to feel. Then with each new choice we make, we are given a different set of circumstances and decisions to make.
That is the great adventure to life, this journey that we co-create right along with the circumstances we are given.
Becoming the Author
Part of practicing yoga is to become awake to being the reader of the story, the story of our individual lives. We stand back from living the drama, and instead witness how our actions affect our outcomes.
With this greater perspective, we can then become the author of our destiny. We can begin to make choices that lead us more toward happiness and less toward sadness, more toward living the life we truly love, and less toward attracting the things we do not wish to experience.
So that begs the question, “If I am unhappy, what actions can I take to change it?”
Progress Requires Action
Part of being a yogi is moving more toward becoming radically alive, about living each day as if it is your best day. It is not the path for everyone, but it is a path that leads to happiness.
One way yoga leads to happiness is by helping us realize that all we really have in life is the present moment. This present moment was created by our past decisions, by the choices that we made at the end of the page.
Our future, therefore, is determined by the choices we make right here, right now, by the fresh ink still wet on the paper of our current adventure.
So we can co-create our futures now by making decisions that will benefit our greater good tomorrow.
I will be working on answering the above question myself over the next several months, “What can I do to be happier?”. I invite you to join me. I invite you to Choose Your Own Adventure.