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!

604 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.

      1. Interesting though, knowing this how easy it is to slip into self bashing rather than accept what is done is done, learn from it and move on. I had an example of this on Saturday and it was so interesting to feel how even though I knew my ‘stuff up’ was really not a big deal, I somehow made it into a drama, to keep me away from feeling what was actually needed and going on from there.

  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.

    1. So, so true Mary, level 2 Sacred Esoteric Healing is a real game changer, it turns your whole world upside down and sets one on a path of truth and unity with everyone. Serge Benhayon is the absolute master of finding the truth about how to undo those patterns we have developed to keep us from our soul connection.

  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.

    1. Yes a simplicity and a joy. The moment I go off target so to speak I bring in all sorts of complication and mess. Quite frankly it feels horrible.

  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?’

  46. This is fantastic Alex. Words can hide and distort, but numbers will always be an absolute reflection.

  47. Really we only have one choice each moment – which energy do we express / align to – love or not love – everything thereafter is a consequence.

  48. I like the way this blog forces us to fill in the gaps. Its not just about being on or getting it right for the big decisions in life, but to live with the same presence, focus, responsibility in all the gaps in between as well. That is those moments when we tidy up some rubbish when no one is looking, how we eat our food when we are alone, how we brush our teeth. Its all one, and each moment builds / adds to the next – and this is what absolutely supports those bigger decisions.

    1. Issues become far smaller when our intention is to approach everything with love and care. It is not about perfection or getting it right, it is about building a rhythm that supports us to stay steady so that when an issue or big decision is thrown at us we are not knocked sideways by it.

  49. We tend to skim over the detail when reflecting on how we have lived, which is a convenient truth to avoid all the choices we have made…

  50. Every moment is a choice, and it’s not seeing the day as one big thing to go oh no – how am I going to get through today, what am I going to do today, but when you are like that, take each moment as it comes.

  51. I love this axiom ; “Every moment is a choice. Every choice is a responsibility”. It is certainly our responsibility to align to the loving, truthful, inner wisdom energy that is available to each and every one of us in every moment.

  52. It’s clear how much we have chosen the option of ignoring our choices and therefore ignoring the reasons why humanity is where it is at today. With each person that accepts they are a part of the greater whole, who chooses to be more aware about their choices, we begin to heal all the mess we’ve created. It’s not undoable, it just takes courage in accepting that perhaps we’ve got it wrong for a long time, and that perhaps there is another way.

  53. It all comes back to responsibility. If I can take true responsibility for my actions then that is a huge gift to the world. But understanding that I am not perfect allows me to accept myself as I am and that responsibility is an ongoing thing. Always more to learn.

  54. We complicate things an awful lot but the essence of it is that as you say here Alex – we have 2 choices – love or not love. When I look at the way I live with this filter it makes things pretty clear.

  55. I re-read this today from start to finish and then found myself reading the paragraphs backwards just to be sure I got what there was to get this morning. It is as simple as 2 choices, love or not love and even though we cannot at this stage be aware of every moment, we can make the initial choice to choose love and the awareness will build. “Or will we simply continue in the momentum of the billion loveless and irresponsible choices we have made up to this point?”

  56. The basic two options we can choose, love or anything that is not love is simple, yet hard choice at times, even though when you look at it should be a total no brainer. It is like choosing to watch Tv and check out for a while or doing some evolving reading, the reading may take a little more effort but it doesn’t suck the life out of us.

    1. Sure Kevin, the choices are actually very simple if we realise the consequences of these. If we become aware that some choices sucs the life out of us and become honest with that we have the power to make different choices from then on. That is the power we have at our fingertips.

      1. Yes, we have the opportunity to learn from all our choices or we can shut ourselves down and numb ourselves from feeling what is really going on.

  57. The way you have put this Alex makes clear that we actually have the power of creating or co-creation at our fingertips and it is simply about our choices in any moment of time. Wow, that is true responsibility.

  58. It can feel daunting when I feel my build up of loveless choices. But reacting only keeps me making more of them! I am amazed that the loving choices I make seem to wipe out the steps and choices made that are not love. In this I don’t have to go back and fix things, only go forward in love.

  59. There is something so refreshing about reading this blog as it shows how many opportunities we have to choose love. It feels like we so often focus on what is not love without bringing true value to our moments that are from love.

  60. When we focus more on the ‘what is’ it feels easier to build on this, when we focus on the what is not it is like we put on a record called ‘the subtle self bash’ track and we leave that playing quietly in the background until the moment we clock it and come back to more caring choices.

  61. “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?”
    To ponder upon this question is to face ones irresponsibility and then to begin to explore being wise with the power we hold.

  62. Responsibility is not hard or overwhelming when I am still and present. It is however at times confronting and challenging to feel the areas in my life where I have been unwise with the power I hold, and therefore irresponsibility has been a choice, not a fore gone conclusion.

  63. When I’m ‘thinking’ responsibility I take it seriously, feel like there is a pressure and how? It’s all about me. When I consider the possibility that every moment of my choices also ripples out to everyone there is a totally different response from my body, the mind disengages and the heart murmurs ‘of course’ and wouldn’t have it any other way – when given the choice.

  64. Gosh that is a lot of choices… And whatever way we work it out, we have the option again and again to make a choice that brings us closer to our inner hearts… Or not.

  65. If I made choices that I did not like yesterday then I have a choice, I can go into self bashing and self crtitique which do not work or I can bring my focus to each moment and chose love in those moments instead. So many moments and so many opportunities – life is quite beautiful when we look at it this way.

  66. This morning as I read your blog Alex, I felt to observe and appreciate the choices I have made that have got me to this point, some which have not been so easy, some of which I would have liked to have chosen differently but there are so many to be appreciated. I find it so easy to focus on what I haven’t don’t or when I didn’t choose love or when I thought I was choosing love but in fact I was holding expectation of others and therefore being judgemental. Appreciation is so important even of the little things because it is this appreciation that takes us to the next moment.

  67. Alex I love the joy you share, it has me feeling the joy. And what an incredible blog, letting us feel the the power we hold in every second. I loved it.

  68. ” interestingly enough though , so often we feel the recipient of life or a victim to it rather than its master”
    When I read this I thought of the saying ” you have made your bed now you can lay in it ”
    As explained by Alex the important bit is ” you have made your bed ” so the opportunity is to make the bed that supports the true you to be you.

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