The importance of our choices hit home with me this week as I observed fellow human beings making split second decisions that had dire consequences. I put that together in my thinking with the philosophy of the Seventh Generation cleaning products company, whose mission is to contribute to the sustainability of the environment for seven generations to come.
If we acted according to our belief that the beneficial actions or destructive actions that we choose to take today can have a part in determining the welfare of future generations, we might push “pause” before making choices that could negatively impact other people and the environment. Personally, I wish that I had thought farther ahead before making many of the decisions that I have made in my life.
When we live and work for the benefit of not just ourselves, but also future generations, we realize the huge impact that we can have. That reminds me of the notion that the motion of the beating of a butterfly’s wings continues to send waves of energy for miles and miles.
It’s sort of mind boggling, isn’t it? Makes me step back and think, “Seriously??? I’m that important to the whole web of existence?” Whoa!!! Actually, I have been thinking about my legacy in recent years, as I contemplated writing a memoir. Now that I am writing that memoir, I am discovering all the ways in which I have been affected by my father, mother, aunt, family friends. How I have been influenced to take certain paths. How those who came before me have left threads of meaningful experiences or words that stayed with me or even outright advice that have influenced my choices to take risks, to do the unexpected, to face fears, and to persevere through challenging situations.
Sometimes many of us enjoy spontaneity, acting on the spur of the moment, taking off on a road trip with no particular destination in mind. That, in itself, is a choice to be a free spirit. You could also say that reflects faith in the fates, anticipation of the unexpected, delight in surprise. You could say you were an example to future generations to enjoy the moment, to let go once in a while, to scream “Yes!!!” to the universe. Enjoy life! Have fun!
Paying it forward, we know that we make a difference, now and for generations to come.