Challenges Raise the Bar

A spirit teacher shares timeless wisdom with me,                   but it seems to require never-ending intellectual,       emotional, and spiritual development. I obviously              don’t have what it takes to absorb what He seems                     to think I can. I struggle, as many others surely do,                  to live within constraints not entirely of my own        choosing.

Spirit claims that I do choose and am trying to avoid
accepting responsibility for choices I freely make.

But, how free are we to make choices when often
the choice I seem to need to make is the lesser of                   two or more unacceptable options?

Spirit is unimpressed with my whimpering. It                  doesn’t move Him. Constraints, He tells me, are          necessary to future progress in any discipline or                 area of human development, including spiritual,     intellectual, or physical, in that they provide                challenges to our present level of skill, as well as            serving to soften our ego’s otherwise smug sense                     of satisfaction in the moment of victory.

Challenges that we have struggled to face and            overcome, He claims, seem to whisper in our inner              ear, “Perhaps we should raise the bar”.

Free will and destiny

Spirit tells me that free will and destiny work together

To create a lifestyle. We each can, and must, choose

From available options, but only from those

Available options that we are aware of

At the time of our choosing.

Of course, a possibly different selection

Of options, may be available

To each one of us.

 

Spirit also cautions me that

The selection of options available

To each of us, now,

May be less or more

Than were available to us

At some earlier time, in our past, and,

The choices we make with

Our free will may expand, or reduce

The collection of options available to us

To choose from, in the future.

 

One choice alone is not available,

Claims Spirit, The option

Not to choose.