What happens when we give our choice over to someone else? You know what I'm talking about. We're out with friends at a restaurant ordering pupu and are asked what we want to eat. "Ah! Whatever you guys like" is how we answer. Wait...did I suddenly lose every and all preferences I've developed through the entirety of my life?
In Hawai'i we like to create harmony around us. A deeply rooted cultural norm, we often go with what is best for all. Yet when it comes at the expense of ourselves, what happens? With each and every moment that we subdue ourselves, we give away our power. This is the importance of remaining mindful. In every moment, we have a choice to make that is or is not within alignment of ourselves.
While simple, it is not always easy. We worry about how others may feel, how people will react to us. At the end of the day, however it is you who needs to deal with the consequences of your actions. The question being, what kind of life do you want to create? Empowered or powerless?