Today as part of our monthly blogging challenge by our Community Manager, we were asked to write about a decision we made that changed the course of our life for better or for worse. As I thought of all the decisions I have made, like who to marry, when and how many children to have, where to work, where to live, I simply could not chose only one. Every single choice we make, no matter how big or how small has the potential to influence our life or someone else’s life.
To make a good decision, you should think about what your decision will create. White Elk was quoted as saying, “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced; live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” Often when I was young, I jumped into decisions, never really reflecting on what ripples or waves my choices might make. What was the legacy I was forming from each choice, each decision?
As I have aged and lived through some bad decisions and good decisions, choices I make now weigh heavily on my heart and soul. Through the loss of my father when he was only 55, I often think about my life and the idea of regret. Before every decision no matter how insignificant it may seem, I ask myself “What would I regret more?” That question doesn’t result in an easy answer most times, but it does make me spend time in reflection and self-awareness.
I can’t ask myself what I would regret more without thinking about who I might hurt with my decision, and without thinking about how this decision will influence how I will be remembered? Questioning my motives can help me to reach down into a deep place within me to be the best version of who I want be, so that my decisions and actions can determine what impact I will leave on the world.
All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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