Happy Wednesday friends! Third post in a row! Hooray! We’re off to a good start. Let’s talk about decisions and how incredibly true this quote is. Almost 4 years ago I wrote a similar article. Some decisions impact us in ways we can’t even comprehend, while other decisions are so weighed and calculated after considering all the possible outcomes.
For a long time I looked at this quote and thought about it past tense. Had I made a different decision, I would be someplace else. Which makes sense, right? Upon further review though, this quote is really about present tense and the future.
Every single day we are at a crossroads in our life. We are faced with hundreds of decisions. Some decisions will bring us closer to our goals, and some, perhaps even without our knowing, will bring us farther away from what it is we truly want. I am at one such impasse. I have two deep desires that aren’t exactly in harmony with each other at the present moment. I have never been happier, and I have also never been more anxious about each decision I make.
A few days ago I made a careless decision. A decision where not all avenues were clearly calculated and it’s a decision that I very much wish that I could take back. This decision made my trajectory towards one of my primary goals less clear. Not only that but in the process I hurt one of the people that I love most in this life.
I’ve thought a lot about decisions recently. And for whatever reason I’ve also thought about One Tree Hill recently and the challenges that Haley and Nathan go through. Yesterday morning while getting ready I realized that their decisions, while painful at times, actually made them stronger because they decided to work through issues that were created instead of giving up. When I look at it right now, all I can do going forward is give this situation time and I can focus on making good decisions.
When I was back in Wisconsin visiting my family a few months ago, I had a conversation with my dad about making (good) decisions. Sometimes we say things we don’t mean and how that can be overlooked – but when you make a bad decision, those stick with you forever because people remember your error in judgement. Either way though, the choice is yours. And all it takes is one choice to change your life. I hope if you too are at such a crossroad- whether it is large or small, that you make the decision that will bring you the most long term happiness.