I’ve learned that choices define you and (in more ways than even I can understand) others are contingent upon who I am to define parts of them. Like you, Jeffrey, the choices you made while you were walking this earth presented choices that may not have been presented to me otherwise. Some choices are poor and you can never take back, but at least they’re yours. Though, a choice that takes away the choice of another is – in a lot of ways – a mortal sin that destroys the grace of not just the one left without choice but all those contingent upon. This becomes a domino effect of freewill genocide.
I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, and sometimes I knew good-and-well I was making them (I file these under the ‘mistakes I knew I was making’). However, today my soul rings of the voices and experiences in my life that moved me…changed me in one way or another…leading me closer to my truth. I’m no longer in a goose hunt for truth searching frantically for instant gratification at the expense of others. Truth journeyed into my heart. It’s within me already and so many others contribute to it. In so long as I am honest with myself, I’m honest with the world and putting forth energy that builds meaning. I admire you, Jeffrey. The energy you put forth into the world had such unequivocal grace, and that choice defines me and has become my only weapon.