ACT on life’s hard choices

We have to make choices in life, and we learn from acceptance and commitment therapy that the freedom to choose is liberating. The failure to choose, says poet Diane Wakoski, is greed.

Greed: Pt. 8, 9, 11 by Diane WakoskiBut pick and choose.
Robot or Man. Machine- or hand-made,
You cannot have both.
Greed, I keep reminding you,
is the failure to choose. The unwillingness to pick one thing over
another. Wealth or simplicity; you cannot have both.

Diane Wakoski. Greed: Pt. 8, 9, 11

‘Life is hard. Life is also many other things. Ultimately your life is what you choose to make it. When the word-machine dominates, life works one way. When the verbal evaluative side of you is but one source of input, life works differently. The choices themselves aren’t always easy, but finding the freedom to choose is a liberating experience. It’s your life. It is not the word-machine’s—even though (of course) it tells you otherwise.’

Steven C. Hayes and Spencer Smith. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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