Hello beautiful humans!
I read an interesting story that sparked a lot of reflection and introspection. This won't be one of my typical blogs, but I hope you can gain some insight from it none the less.
When faced with a seemingly insurmountable adversity, we often want to give up or give in sometimes convincing ourselves there's no hope. When the odds are stacked against us, we tend to believe that there is no alternative, but if there is one thing I have learned, it is that we always... ALWAYS, have a choice.
The painting above is Die Schachspieler (The Chess Players aka The Game of Life) also affectionately known as "Checkmate". It was painted by Friedrich Moritz Retszch, a German painter and hung in the Louver museum in France until being sold to a private collector in 1999.
The painting shows the devil in red playing chess with a man who seems a bit desperate as it would seem the devil is about to win the game. I believe the angel in the background represents his soul, although others disagree.
The story goes that a Grand Chess champion, while visiting the louver, was struck by the painting and stood staring at it for sometime. Eventually he said to the curator something like; "If the name of the painting is Checkmate then you will need to change the name because the king still has one more move."
Of course the story is tied to religious connotations, and rightfully so considering the subject matter, but I believe the lesson can be applied to much more than just religious beliefs.
How often have you been faced with a situation where it felt like you were out of options. It seemed as though you had no choices left and that you had even, perhaps, been forsaken by others.
The truth is that there is always a choice. Always!
We may not like the choices available to us. We may not want to make them for fear of hurting others or because we don't think they will like the choices, but there is always a choice. Just like in the painting, there is one more move.
It's up to us to face the consequences of our decisions, yes, and we may not like the consequences that our decisions bring, but those choices are always there none the less.
I've tried to think of a scenario in which a person would have no choice at all and I have been unsuccessful. If you have an example, please be sure to put it in the comments below or shoot me an email on the comments page.
Moral of the Story:
You always have a choice.