Adding Up

Every moment is a choice. Every choice is a responsibility.

Let´s compute just for the fun of it, to get an idea how many choices we have made to arrive at this point in time, this very moment in our life right now. In my case this is Monday, 9 January, 2017 at 7.33pm.

As it is impossible for my brain to even start thinking about the time span of a moment, I will settle for seconds so let´s assume we make one choice every second. I am 50 years and 41 days old today.

  • Fifty years equal 18,250 days, plus 41 add up to 18,291 days.
  • 18,291 days total 438,984 hours, plus another 19 hours today, total up to 439,003 hours.
  • 439,003 hours are composed of 26,340,180 minutes, plus 33 minutes today comes to 26,340,213 minutes.
  • 26,340,213 minutes equals 1,580413e9 seconds.

Um well, as I am not a math wizard, I don´t even understand the number and I am seriously wondering what the ‘e’ is doing there. Nevertheless, I understand we are talking around about 1.5 billion choices that have led me to this point in my life; and I am inescapably the product of these choices, like it or not.

Applying the axiom, ‘Every moment is a choice. Every choice is a responsibility’ combined with my personal math version of the rule of three, I come to the conclusion that:

Moments = Choices

Choices = Responsibility

Responsibility = Moments

1,580413e9 moments of responsibility. That´s a lot!

We can literally say we are accountants of our own life, i.e. we are accountable for every single moment of it.

When I think about it this is a bit overwhelming, my mind gets foggy in the attempt to grasp the magnitude of so much responsibility and would honestly like to escape the next moment of responsibility – but too late, tick, tick, tick… one moment of responsibility after the other ticking away and not a single gap to come up with anything to release me from it.

But wait a moment; if my life is the sum total of all these moments and I am the one who has made all the choices, and every choice comes with a certain quality, either wise or unwise, shaping my life, wouldn´t that mean I am a truly powerful being who can create my life the way I like it to be?

If so, responsibility would equal power. Hey, that´s not so bad after all… or is it?

Maybe the challenge is not so much in being responsible but in wielding one´s power wisely knowing that with every breath, thought, word and action we are affecting ourselves and consequently everyone and everything around us. In that sense, we are literally the creators of our own world.

Interestingly enough though, so often we feel the recipient of life or a victim to it rather than its master. And we may ask how many people actually do live lives that are deeply fulfilling, healthy, vital, abundant, harmonious, loving, purposeful and joyful etc., assuming that this is what most, if not all, people actually would like life essentially to be.

To me this seems to be a rare thing and looking at humanity worldwide we can say without doubt, something is going terribly wrong.

Okay, when we do our maths here correctly, it simply means that the predominant number of choices we make are not so wise in relation to our overall wellbeing and people in general. Considering our power and responsibility we may ask: what are we going to do about it?

Our awareness may not be capable of clocking every single moment, every single choice, but that is not necessary. There are basically only two options for us to choose from – love or anything that is not love. Therefore, will we reassess the quality of our choices and deepen the level of love and care for us and others on a moment-to-moment basis to the best of our ability? Or will we simply continue in the momentum of the billion loveless and irresponsible choices we have made up to this point?

The choice is ours and so is the power and responsibility.

Finally something is adding up – there is a simple formula to living life.

* Brain dictation in use. Please excuse arithmetical errors, typos and digits that this program is under the impression I have calculated.

By Alex Braun, Health Practitioner, Cologne, Germany

Further reading:
Taking True Responsibility For My Behaviour
‘It Was Meant to Be’ and ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’
Responsibility Redefined – It’s in the Quality and not the Action!

566 thoughts on “Adding Up

  1. Yesterday I had quite an intense day and I lost my connection to myself, I went into my head and got caught in what was going on outside of me. What’s great though is every day and in every moment of every day I have a choice to come back to my connection and feeling stillness within.

    1. I agree Fiona – no one choice to disconnect is our last chance – we have the ability to choose to come back every time, building a consistency in the choice so that we dont have to make that return connection so often.

  2. It is kind of crazy to think ok so how many moments have I had the opportunity to choose love and not chosen it. What I do know is the more I choose love the more of a pull I have towards choosing love in the next moment. I also know when I have not been choosing love there is likewise a pull to not choose love the question here is how much and how willing am I going to be to choose love no matter what?

  3. We can so easily be hard on ourselves for the choices we have made or we can take a moment to appreciate and then be honest about what else we need to look at.

    1. Indeed Fiona its easy to self bash over our choices, but what i love about what Alex is presenting here is in fact how giant the opportunities are to practice and master what is and what is not love.

    2. Yes Fiona and then often many many moments are spent in the self bashing over this when every moment simply offers an opportunity to then make a different choice. This has been an eye opener for me as I have wasted much time in the self bashing thinking it would somehow make me do better next time when all that is needed is to take the next moment to make a different choice. The self bashing has never done anything but delay that choice.

  4. The choice is ours and so is the responsibility what an honest and very powerful knowing shared so beautifully Alex with all the adding up of our moments and the reality of our lives shown so clearly and our choices thank you . Its amazing to feel the power we all hold for ourselves and the world we live in and beyond.

  5. Thank you Alex – a powerful message to us that shows us that we are never not responsible and that we love escaping the fact and prefer going around it – whilst, actually responsibility equals power and so, we learn that it is a very positive thing once we start to become aware of the mess we are in.

  6. I have come back to this playful blog with a serious message. I am thinking about all the choices I can make in the next hour. It’s great to bring this awareness to the detail of the micro, because each little step adds up.

    1. Yes. And each moment lived with awareness of the constant choice we have to choose to live with love or without is a building block for a future that is founded on responsibility and the utmost care for each other.

  7. You’ve posed a big question here Alex – why has it been designed for each day to repeat itself over, and over again? What are we here to do, or be, and why do we have thousands of minutes and hours at hand? These are important questions that we can ask ourselves all the time, particular when life seems pointless or without meaning – what’s our PURPOSE and how does that fit into the bigger picture of humanity, the world and universe?

  8. A really powerful way at looking at how many choices (loving or not) we make during every single moment. It’s a scaringly big number, which says 2 things. We are given many moments in our life in which we can choose to make loving choices and we are also given moments in which we can choose to not make loving choices – the choice itself is up to us to make.

  9. Describing responsibility as “..wielding one´s power wisely knowing that with every breath, thought, word and action we are affecting ourselves and consequently everyone and everything around us.” brings an appreciation of the difference each and everyone of us make, all the time, never is there a time when we are insignificant.

  10. I have been overwhelmed by the wave of realisation that I am responsible for the choice to live life with love or without. However, as I have accepted this responsibility more and more and seen the impact of choosing love in my life, it is more and more of a joy and no-brainer to open my arms to all that this responsibility invites of me.

  11. I would absolutely love my life to be deeply fulfilling, healthy, vital, abundant, harmonious, loving, purposeful and joyful etc, and yet I still make many unloving choices that even seem to be pre-programmed into me even though I know they are not. So all it really does boil down to is the choice between what is and what is not love.

  12. There is a lot here for us to ponder, especially what you are calling out about responsibility, that everything that is happening to us in life is because of our own choices. Which can be a big one for us to accept.

  13. This is so cool Alex and makes me stop and feel the fact that no matter how much we put in our own way – the obstacles and sabotage that becomes part of our life – it is to avoid and be with the power and responsibility we all innately are. This avoidance has not worked – we can see clearly the world is upside down and yet how many are actually living in a way that promotes or advocates true responsibility in a world of billions?

    1. Yes Lee, it is nothing more than avoidance of responsibility and choice. In the past I had felt that responsibility was an absolute chore and that being responsible was dull and boring. What I’m finding is that with responsibility comes a richness of life that is simply not possible when we indulge in irresponsible choices.

  14. We are certainly the creators of our own world Alex. Just having a sense of what we are bringing with us and being aware of in any moment or situation determines the consequences, and those consequences can spill onto further actions and thoughts for all around us. It would be an extraordinary world if we all chose responsibility for our every thought, word and movement to be love! It is beautiful what you have said: ‘Maybe the challenge is not so much in being responsible but in wielding one´s power wisely knowing that with every breath, thought, word and action we are affecting ourselves and consequently everyone and everything around us. In that sense, we are literally the creators of our own world.’

  15. Once we realise the freedom that comes with responsibility and choices, we also start to realise how truly powerful we innately are and that we live a mere shadow of that power.

  16. I love this article Alex it makes me laugh, especially the bit about the “e” seriously where does that come from? Anyway, “Maybe the challenge is not so much in being responsible but in wielding one´s power wisely knowing that with every breath, thought, word and action we are affecting ourselves and consequently everyone and everything around us. In that sense, we are literally the creators of our own world.” I love the way empowerment and responsibility sit together – it is fantastic to know we are not just victims of life we are truly empowered in every moment to form our own experiences, and the responsibility to choose truth is in fact a joy not a burden that liberates us from our old patterns and momentums.

  17. I like how you bring it to the quality of all our choices Alex, love or not love, responsibility or not responsibility. Simple and profound in their difference.. and the impact they have on us as individuals also on us as a humanity.

  18. From attending some Universal Medicine Workshops the last day Serge Benhayon has clarified the difference between choice and will. It is will whereby we align to a source of energy or consciousness via the way we move that then gives us a range of thoughts and choices we are free to make. In that sense we can say that every moment is an alignment or movement that defines the choices that follow hence, responsibility is in movement before it comes to choices. Changes the approach and dimension of taking responsibility.

  19. Moments or momentums? It is our responsibility to move in a way so that our movements in every way, will support our evolution. Then, the only choice comes back to the energy we align to, which is then the momentum we build through our movements. So, do we align to the wisdom of God or to the astral so-called intelligence that would want you to think that you have a choice? Do we even understand that through our ‘divine will’ we connect to God, then being in conscious presence with our movements, this supports us to be a divine reflection and thus a service to all humanity.

  20. Just completing some Sacred Esoteric Healing courses with Universal Medicine, this blog is making more sense. Every choice that is made comes from a quality we choose to move and live in… so it’s very clear that if the quality we are in is not loving then energetically how can our decisions and choices be anything but loveless.

  21. Thank you, Alex, for your light touch in absolutely exposing how we are indeed responsible with every breath, and are the Masters of the quality with which we choose to live together on this planet.

  22. I came back to this blog because I’m attending Universal Medicine level 2 workshop and what you say here Alex is very relevant I feel to the course and what I have personally experienced.
    “We can literally say we are accountants of our own life, i.e. we are accountable for every single moment of it.”
    I have come to my own understanding during the course where we are looking at childhood imprints that what you say is absolutely correct. I have discovered that actually we are all masters of energy and that actually from a very young age I manipulated my parents, siblings to get want I wanted in order to not fully participate fully in life, so I manipulated the family in order to keep myself small, run with self worth issues which I could then use to bash myself up that led to me living a life of protection separated from the divinity I knew myself to be. Universal Medicine really does have the answers to humanities malaise.

  23. This blog highlights how much we actually waste time. If we were to not waste a moment and committed to living love constantly our loves would be so very different. It’s interesting how we do not choose this.

  24. ‘If so, responsibility would equal power. Hey, that´s not so bad after all… or is it?’ – Alex this is brilliant talk about being Self-emPowered. When we don’t give away our power to an energy that is unwise as you say we are in complete power and we honour the responsibility at any given moment. I’m jumping on that ride for sure!

  25. ‘…wouldn´t that mean I am a truly powerful being who can create my life the way I like it to be? And therefore we have no excuse for life not being the way we want it to be – other than the fact that we are making choices to avoid being in our power.

  26. Around and around we go, how we go about that determines how that unfolds, we are ultimately responsible.

  27. In being creators of our own world, with all the power that this brings, it is equally as important to remember the quality of the soul that lives not to make this a better or more satisfying place, but a place of learning from which we will all eventually rise from and be once again soul-full in every sense of the word.

  28. “If so, responsibility would equal power. Hey, that´s not so bad after all… or is it?” Its actually great to understand responsibility equals power, power that is used wisely with true responsibility. its when power is missed used with irresponsibility then it is harming.

  29. When doing the maths we forget that 1 + 1 = 1 in the sense there is only Oneness (love) and then the ensuing duality we create when we drift away from this and thus create the more familiar equation that 1 + 1 = 2 (all that is love and all that is not).

  30. AN amazing adding up of our choices and all this exposes to us and I love the simplicity you got to that
    “The choice is ours and so is the power and responsibility.Finally something is adding up – there is a simple formula to living life.” beautiful to feel and very empowering.

  31. “The choice is ours and so is the power and responsibility.” It is always supportive to be reminded and remind ourselves that no matter what down to the detail of our every movement it comes from us and they all matter and part of the whole.

  32. This brings into stark relief what happens when we check out… we think that we are taking time when we do not have to make choices or be responsible… but these moments count too. They all count. Every one of them. And they all add up to the product of who we are, what we have lived, where we find ourselves. Gorgeous, exposing and definitely adds up Alex.

  33. It’s confronting to realise that every single moment there is a choice, and that for so so many of these, the choice we make it to check out! The freak-out that takes place… oh no, I don’t want to feel the magnitude of power that i have within me, that we all do, because if I make the choice to feel it in in this moment and then the next, I might just realise that this is what everyone else needs to see in me to be reminded of their own power – and so I would need to make that choice consistently, moment by moment. That would mean no more check-out moments, no more up with the fairies and tuning out to sweet old nothing. It would mean being on all the time, in the fullness of who we are.
    Something strange it is that’s running us for us to avoid the grandness that is available to us moment by moment.

  34. I’ve had slightly less moments of responsibility, in that I’m not quite 50 yet but I look forward to the moments going forward because of knowing that everything is a choice and always has been a choice. The great thing about this is there is no blaming anyone for anything and beating ourselves up is also a choice we no longer have to make.

  35. Every moment adds up to a lot of moments in the day! That’s a lot of moments to choose something that will either be supportive or unsupportive. Hmmm… what’s the ratio balance of this during my day?

  36. To know that we are the creator of our reality from the choices we are making in every second is definitely a life-changing revelation. It places responsibility firmly in our hands as there is no one else to blame for anything in our lives. And as you have shown there is certainly the potential for an endless number of choices over the course of our life, so let’s make these choices loving ones as the ones that are not bring us nothing but complication.

  37. ‘Interestingly enough though, so often we feel the recipient of life or a victim to it rather than its master’. And when we feel a victim of life and/or blame others, we do not seek truth at all, as we are choosing an energy that is not loving to oneself or others. When we seek truth, truth reveals itself, and the truth is, we are all masters returning.

  38. With each choice that is more self loving and considers our connection to the all, the more we are empowered.

  39. I love your maths calculations Alex, I have never known them to be used so brilliantly with regard to responsibility. Your lighthearted approach to a serious topic has won my heart, and I will be calculating my countdown in moments and choices.

  40. I have never really stopped to consider how many choices I am constantly making. It actually makes me realise the power we have.

  41. Many times I have made choices and then thought that we move on, because our perception of time aids us to think time is lineal – but then come back to the same spot feeling the same way and thought “well if we aren’t going anywhere than life is about quality of expression and not achieving the small temporal goals we spend so much time wasting our energy on”

  42. I find when caught up in being so busy that even a small thing like closing my eyes to check in for 10 or 20 seconds even reminds me that we constantly have that choice to do what we do in a way that doesnt allow stress to enter the body.

  43. “The choice is ours and so is the power and responsibility”; indeed Alex the choice is always ours and we live the sum of our choices.

  44. ‘so often we feel the recipient of life or a victim to it rather than its master’ ..I have felt this too and now know the power we actually have and that nothing ‘just happens’. We have the ability to read life and from it learn which choices we have made. This empowers us to make different choices and each choice is an opportunity to change our lives.

  45. I love how you spell it out for us Alex…. gives humanity such a lot to ponder on. For instance, that we always have the choice to choose differently and the awareness that we are all equal in our given free-will.
    ‘There are basically only two options for us to choose from – love or anything that is not love. Therefore, will we reassess the quality of our choices and deepen the level of love and care for us and others on a moment-to-moment basis to the best of our ability? Or will we simply continue in the momentum of the billion loveless and irresponsible choices we have made up to this point?’

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