Saturday, 27 May 2017

Thoughts in Progress

(With permission from Renton)

Choose life. Choose love. Choose being disappointed at the overcast sky and the ensuing storm. Choose being amazed at the resulting vibrant rainbow. Choose snapping the rainbow with your mobile camera and Instagramming it instantly. Choose forgetting your earlier disappointment. Choose life. Choose love.

Choose being dragged to a concert by an artist you don’t like and whose music you find naff. Choose going because your best mate is going. Choose miming the words of a song you didn’t know you knew. Choose putting your arm around your mate’s shoulders and joining in the chorus. Choose losing your voice when you sing more songs by this artist you didn’t like and whose music you found naff. Choose life. Choose love.

Choose smelling your newborn’s head. Choose filling up your lungs with her fragrance, a fragrance that translates as purity and innocence. Choose laughing at the silliness of it all because two years ago you said you didn’t want any children. Ever. Choose closing your eyes and feeling this moment, remembering this moment as you cradle that little head in your hands. Forever. Choose life. Choose love.

Choose helping that old lady or man cross the road. Choose stopping the traffic and grabbing their arm as they readjust their glasses. Choose carrying their bag and asking if they are all right. Choose life. Choose love.

Choose giving way to a stranger at a T-junction as cars pile up behind you. Choose smiling at him/her as you do it.

Choose holding a 99 Flake in the middle of torrential rain somewhere on a beach in Cornwall in July or August. Choose being under cover in a deserted restaurant with fellow miserable-looking holiday-makers who are equally holding onto their 99s for dear life as the dark sky turns even darker. Choose breaking into a well-known, popular song, slowly and sotto voce at first. Choose smiling at your fellow, miserable –looking holiday-makers who join in as soon as they recognise the melody. Choose life. Choose love.

Choose falling out with your loved one over a petty issue. Choose retreating into your own cave feeling bitter, while your other half retreats into theirs with similar emotions. Choose making eye contact some time later in the kitchen as you do the washing up and your partner tidies up the dinner table. Choose cracking a joke you know will elicit the complicit laughter that will make you both inch closer to each other. Choose looking into their eyes as you say sorry and they say sorry back to you. Choose passionate, unbridled make-up sex. Choose life. Choose love.

Choose walks in the park, bike rides by the river, outings to the cinema, random visits to friends, unexpected acts of kindness to strangers, voluntary work at your local charity shop, reading poetry alone, reading poetry to others, skinny-dipping under a full moon, playing pranks on your children, getting caught in the rain, staying up all night to see the sunrise, crying in the theatre.

Choose altruism, empathy, selflessness, friendship, trust, solidarity, respect, humanity. Choose humanity. Choose humanity.

Above all, choose life. Choose love.

© 2017

Next Post: “Of Literature and Other Abstract Thoughts”, to be published on Wednesday 31st May at 6pm (GMT)


  1. Most definitely.
    And thank you.

  2. Thank you, may our hearts always remain open for love.

  3. I completely stand for your right of choosing! Let's choose everything - love, lifestyle, walks in the parks and so on... I'm with you by this free lifestyle of choosing!

  4. To this list, I would add: Choose "liberty and justice for all" .... and, self-reliance.

  5. Excellent post. Choose to be happy and make others happy.

  6. Yes. Beautiful. Gratitude. Choose gratitude.

  7. There's nothing to add to this. I know people with some mental health difficulties will find such choices difficult (I doubt if many choose depression) but those of us who are well can live with the mantra of loving choices.

  8. Hi Mario - absolutely choose positivity ... choose life and love ... cheers Hilary

  9. You've said it all and I endorse it all. Choice and the freedom to have it is the greatest gift.

  10. Perhaps not the Instagramming part... but otherwise I endorse it all too. :)

  11. Perfect indeed. Especially the make up part, we can get behind that lol or below it or on top or....

    If we choose to stray from hate sure a much better fate.

  12. that´s a lot of choose. That means you do have a choise!

  13. Well, when you put it like that, how could I not?!

  14. Elegir siempre con libertad e ir adelante, que tengas una feliz semana con buenos paseos.

  15. My goodness, what a beautiful post! I can't thank you enough for sharing these life-affirming thoughts!

  16. WOW! It was nice reading them:)

  17. Yes, yes, YES! It's all about choice, isn't it? No matter what happens around us, we can choose how to react to those things and how we want to be. I'll choose life, love, and lots of laughter.

  18. Yes !
    I want to chose all the things you said.
    Plus Scotties I chose them because they make me happy.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish



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