Time gives us the gift of being able to travel different roads, different directions, different paths. We get to choose who we want to be, what we want to stand for, and what we are willing to do with our precious time. The challenge starts when we want one thing and others do not understand or agree or believe we can do what we want to do. They have an opinion and many work hard to make sure we decide in a way that agrees with their perception or expectations. This is when we learn how much we are willing to fight for what we want. We learn how strongly we believe in our decision AND how much we are wiling to go against the flow.
Some people live their lives looking for a sign, a notice of some sort that will help them know in which direction to travel. Some people plan diligently and follow that plan to the letter. Some are still looking, searching for their next step. And others haven’t figured out yet that there will be or needs to be a next step. Our lives never happen in a bubble; what we decide impacts everyone around us. How we live and make decisions has repercussions like ripples in water.
So what decision are you grappling with right now? What change has dropped in your lap and mandates that you do something different? And who will be impacted by that decision? How will you decide what to do? Do you seek council of someone wise and experienced? Do you make a pro and con list? Do you pray or read or research? Do you let time take it’s toll or do you pounce on something new like a cat on flickering light?
Whether we like it or not, the only constant in life is change. The only thing we can rely on is the fact that change will always come our way. This means we will always have decisions to make and new directions to travel. It can also mean we have to go against the flow in order to be the person we know we are deep down inside. Not everyone will understand, and not everyone will like it. So will you comply or take the road less traveled? Only you know which way you want to go. Just make a decision then make it work; the lessons you learn along that journey will be priceless and are the stepping stones to wisdom.